Nitish Kumar’s new cabinet is already in the news, but not for good reason thanks to the enthronement of Kartikeya Singh of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) led by Lalu Prasad as justice minister. According to reports, Singh faced criminal charges in a kidnapping case and was ordered to appear in court on August 16 – the day he was sworn in as justice minister in the government of Mahagathbandhan.
On Tuesday, the Janata Dal-United (JDU) boss expanded his cabinet by inducting 31 new ministers, including 16 from key ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
The BJP, which was a ruling ally in Bihar before being relegated to the role of opposition after Kumar quit the NDA, is crying out for Singh’s enthronement. BJP MP Sushil Kumar Modi said the justice minister should be sacked immediately. “If Kartikeya Singh (RJD) had a warrant against him, he should have surrendered. But he was sworn in as Justice Minister. I ask Nitish, is he trying to bring back Bihar back then of Lalu? Kartikeya Singh should be fired immediately,” he added. said the former deputy CM.
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Former Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has urged the Patna High Court to take note of the serious issue. He said he expects the CM to show courage to take tough action against Singh.
When Kumar was asked about Singh’s connection to criminal cases by reporters, he said he had no information about the alleged outstanding arrest warrant.
According to media reports, Singh was due to appear in Danapur court on August 16 in a kidnapping case, but instead he appeared at Patna Raj Bhavan to be sworn in as the new minister in Nitish Kumar’s new government. . He is accused of conspiring to kidnap and murder a mason.
On August 12, Singh was granted interim protection until September 1 by the court, news agency ANI reported.
Singh’s lawyer, Madhusudan Sharma, said his client was not charged in a kidnapping case and was not fleeing as reported. “Reports of Kartikeya Singh absconding in a kidnapping case are baseless. He is not a suspect in the case. His involvement is not mentioned in the investigation… No evidence n was found against him. The police declared him innocent,” Sharma said. said by the ANI news agency.
A report by the PTI news agency showed that more than 70% of newly sworn in ministers in Bihar have declared criminal charges against themselves. Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav also have cases registered against them.