New Delhi: In a damage control measure by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar leading the Mahagathbandhan government, the state’s Justice Minister Kartikey Kumar Singh, who faces arrest in a kidnapping case, resigned as plum minister on Wednesday night.
However, Singh, who was assigned a low-key sugarcane ministry, also resigned from his newly assigned ministry to avoid further embarrassment to the RJD-led Grand Alliance government in Bihar.
The resignation of new MLC Singh was accepted by CM Nitish Kumar.
The resignation of Singh, who is a close associate of strongman Anant Singh, came just ahead of a scheduled hearing on Singh’s early bail application in a kidnapping case.
It is worth mentioning that Millennium Post was the first to report in its August 18 edition that Singh would resign from the Ministry of Justice after comments were raised on the matter by RJD Patriarch Lalu Prasad Yadav.
The sugar cane ministry portfolio was given to minister Alok Mehta as an additional charge, while Shamim Ahmad was appointed as the new justice minister.
The hearing on Kartikey Kumar’s early bail application in a kidnapping case is scheduled for Thursday at the ADJ-3 court in Danapur.
A controversy erupted shortly after he was sworn in as justice minister on the day he was supposed to testify in lower court as he is wanted in a kidnapping case, but he did not appear before the court. court despite the arrest warrant issued against him. July 19, 2021.
Patna Police had filed an indictment against Kartikey on September 19, 2018 under Sections 364 (kidnapping), 395 (punishment for dacoit) 397 (causing grievous bodily harm to any person) 323 (punishment for willfully causing harm). bodily harm), 325 (penalty for willfully causing grievous bodily harm), 120b (conspiracy) and 34 (acts done by several people in pursuit of a common intention).
Magistrate First Class Ajay Kumar’s court ordered the issuance of a bail warrant against Kartikey last July 17 and the warrant was issued by the court on July 19, additional PP Rashmi Sinha confirmed. She further added that the court had set the date for August 16, but no one appeared in court.
The BJP was quick to attack the government. “It’s just a brazen attempt to avoid shame but people were watching how low Nitish Kumar could stoop to justify his wrongs in the new society,” said Nikhil Anand, Bihar BJP spokesperson and secretary General of BJP OBC Morcha.
“It shows that all his speeches on crime and corruption were fictitious. Although he knew the law had caught up with the minister, he was given the law and now, to cover up, he is transferred to another department until new order,” Anand said.