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Muzaffarpur shelter home case: Bihar Minister Manju Verma resigns

By Deepika

Patna, Aug 8: Bihar Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma on Wednesday handed over her resignation to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar amid uproar over sex scandal case in the Muzaffarpur shelter home.

Manju Verma

Verma met the chief minister and handed over her resignation to him, PTI reported quoting sources.

The resignation came a day after Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said that he will not spare anyone found involved even if it is minister Verma.

Manju Verma has been is in the eye of a storm after the name of her husband cropped up in connection with an abuse case at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur district.

Her husband is accused of having links with alleged mastermind in the case Brajesh Thakur.

There was a widespread criticism against the state government led by Nitish Kumar after the report of sexual abuse of 34 girls at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur emerged.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi asserted that there was no need for the resignation of Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma or any other minister in the aftermath of the Muzaffarpur shelter home scandal on Monday "just because some people are giving statements".

However, he said that if Verma is found involved or if anything is found against her in connection with the shelter home sex scandal, she may be asked "to go".

A shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur is at the centre of an alleged sex scandal where the victims are minor inmates and one of the abusers is the owner of the non-government organisation (NGO) operating it.

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