Begusarai: Manju Verma, absconding former Bihar minister linked to Muzaffarpur shelter home sex abuse case surrendered before a court in Begusarai on Tuesday.

Verma was evading arrest under the Arms Act case following the recovery of ammunition from her home during a CBI raid in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal case.

Verma reached the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Prabhat Trivedi in an auto rickshaw. She fainted as soon as she entered the court premises along with a few aides.

She regained consciousness after water was sprinkled on her face by bystanders after which she was taken into the courtroom.

The Supreme Court had on November 12 rapped the Bihar Police for failing to arrest the former minister and directed the DGP to appear before it in person on November 27 if she was not arrested by then.

Verma had stepped down as the minister for social welfare in August, following reports that her husband, Chandrashekhar Verma, had close links with Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home scandal. Over 30 girls were allegedly raped at the shelter home.

With agency inputs