Patna: The Supreme Court lashed out at the Bihar Police for not arresting former Bihar social welfare minister Manju Verma in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case. The Supreme Court has summoned the director general of Bihar Police to appear before it on November 27  if they don't arrest Manju by then.

During a raid conducted by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at 12 locations, including residences of Manju Verma on August 17, ammunition was found and at least 50 cartridges were seized from her house.

Justice Madan B Lokur said, “Cabinet minister is on the run. How is it possible that a Cabinet minister is absconding and nobody knows where she is? Do you  realise the seriousness of the matter if Cabinet minister cannot be traced? This is too much.”

The Supreme Court stated that it was “shocked” that the police could not trace former Cabinet minister even after a month. “We are shocked that it's been more than a month and the police still can't find former Cabinet minister. Will the police tell us how such an important person can go missing for so long? The DGP should appear before us,” said the apex court.

Manju Verma had to resign from the post of minister following allegations of her husband's connection with the prime accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case.

The news of possible sexual harassment to girls in the shelter house in Muzaffarpur broke in a social audit conducted by Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The medical reports of more than 20 girls out of 40 suggested that they might have been forced to indulge in sexual intercourse.