Absconding JD(U) MLC surrenders

Manorama Devi sent to 14-day judicial custody

Absconding JD(U) MLC surrenders

Suspended Janata Dal (United) MLC Manorama Devi, against whom an arrest warrant had been issued but had been evading arrest for the last one week, surrendered in Gaya court on Tuesday.

Though she pleaded “not guilty” and “had been framed at the behest of the BJP”, the ruling party legislator was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days.

Manorama’s son Rocky, charged with killing a 19-year-old boy Aditya in a road rage incident in Gaya, is already in jail. Her husband Bindi Yadav, a history-sheeter, too is languishing in jail in the same case.

Manorama was on the run ever since police raided her Anugrah Puri Colony residence in Gaya looking for the fugitive Rocky.

The police stumbled upon 6 bottles of liquor while raiding her residence. Though the cops initially did not press charges  against her, but within hours of her suspension from the JD(U), the Bihar government issued orders to arrest her following the recovery of Indian Made Foreign liquor from her house. Since then, Manorama Devi is reported to have gone underground.

When Nitish Kumar on Monday said for “how long can one run away from the long arms of law”, the absconding MLC deemed it fit to surrender before the court on Tuesday. “I have been framed. The allegation of keeping liquor in my house is also fabricated one as I don’t drink at all,” said Manorama.

She has been charged under Section 47 of the Bihar Excise (Amendment) Act, 2016, following which the process to confiscate her house is also on. Under the new Excise Act, if liquor is found in someone’s house, the house could be sealed and
auctioned.

Aditya’s mother happy

Meanwhile, Chanda Sachdeva, mother of slain Aditya, hoped her family would get justice soon. “With the surrender of Manorama Devi, we are now hopeful of early justice. We are thoroughly satisfied with the Bihar police investigation and, therefore, never sought a CBI probe into the killing,” she said.

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