Manju Verma
Manju VermaANI

The Central Bureau of Intelligence (CBI) raided five premises of former Bihar minister Manju Verma early morning on Friday in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home abuse case.

Verma's husband had allegedly visited the Muzaffarpur girl's shelter home, following which the minister had resigned last week. The allegation was made by the wife of an arrested accused in shelter home abuse case.

Chandeshwar Verma is missing ever since his name came up in the rape case at the shelter home in Muzaffarpur. On the day of her resignation from her post, the minister told the media, "he would come before you all soon".

The CBI also conducted search operations at seven premises of key accused Brajesh Thakur, who ran the shelter home. According to the reports, the mobile phone details of Thakur showed that he had spoken to Verma's husband 17 times from January to June this year.

Thakur had admitted that he used to speak to the minister's husband, but it was "on political issues". 

The CBI has booked officers and employees of the shelter home Balika Griha, which is in question.

"It is alleged that officials and employees of Girl's Children Home run by Seva Sankalp Evam Vikash Samiti used to mentally, physically and sexually exploit girl children residing at the said home," said CBI spokesperson.

The shocking incident was highlighted by the state social audit, Bihar Social Welfare Department . The organisation is associated with Koshish – a 12-year-old field action project of the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) in Mumbai. It unearthed the instances of sexual abuse of the Muzaffarpur shelter home and filed an FIR stating that 34 girls at the shelter home had complained of sexual abuse.