Patna : The CBI on Friday raided 12 places in Bihar, including former Minister Manju Verma’s residence, in connection with its probe into the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape cases, an official said.

The Central Bureau of Investigation team conducted searches at Verma’s residence in Patna and Begusarai.

They interrogated the former Social Welfare Minister and her husband Chandeshwar Verma separately.

“The CBI has been conducting searches at Verma’s residence since early Friday morning. It is still underway. The CBI also quizzed one of Verma’s personal assistants,” a police official said.

Manju Verma resigned on August 8 following allegations that Brajesh Thakur, the main accused in the case, had links with her husband.

The CBI has also raided Thakur’s Hindi newspaper office in Patna and also the property of councillor of Social Welfare Department Sunil Kumar Jha. In Muzzafarpur, the CBI raided seven places including Thakur’s hotel and his house in his native village. Raids were also conducted at the places of Thakur’s man Friday Suman Sahi and close confidant Madhu.

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