Bihar’s new Justice Minister Kartikeya Singh faces arrest in kidnapping case, BJP questions his enthronement

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was quizzed by the BJP on Wednesday on the enthronement of RJD leader Kartikeya Singh as the state’s justice minister as he expanded his cabinet the day before.

An arrest warrant is pending for Rashtriya Janata Dal MLC Kartikeya Singh in a 2014 kidnapping case in which 16 other people, including former Mokama MP Anant Singh, have also been named as defendants. Singh was ordered to appear in court in Danapur on August 16, the day he was sworn in.

BJP Spokesman Nikhil Anand said: “The Council of Ministers of Nitish Kumar’s government presents a very ugly picture. These rotten people cannot ensure the safety and security of the people of Bihar. »

“How come a person has concealed the fact that he is wanted in a kidnapping case and has been sworn in as the Minister of Justice of Bihar? It is very shameful for Nitish Kumar to have succumbed to pressure from RJD,” he added.

For his part, Kartikeya Singh said, “I duly mentioned this case against me in my affidavit before I became MLC.”

Meanwhile, on August 12, Danapur Supplementary Sessions and District Court ordered Mokama Police not to arrest him until September 1.

Bihta Police had convicted Singh under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 363 (kidnapping), 364 (kidnapping with intent to murder) and 365 (secret, wrongful kidnapping with intent to imprison). It came after Raju Singh, once a close associate of Anant Singh, was reportedly kidnapped following a 2014 financial dealings dispute near Patna. He was later found by the police.

Three ministers, who worked under Nitish Kumar, had to resign following allegations of corruption, among other things. While SC/ST Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi had to resign within two days of being sworn in after allegations of education scam, BJP leader and Cooperative Minister Ramadhar Singh had to resign after being found in leaked in an old case in 2011.

In 2020, JD(U) leader and Education Minister Mewalal Choudhary had to resign following allegations of corruption during his tenure as vice-chancellor of an agricultural university.

Mokama Police confirmed the pending warrant against Singh, a resident of Mokama, and said there was a failure on the part of the investigator in the case. “It is a fault on the part of a police officer from the police station not to execute the arrest warrant. We are taking action against him,” said Mokama Police Station Chief Gajendra Singh.

On July 14 this year, a Danapur court had issued an arrest warrant for Singh and ordered Mokama police to arrest him. A copy of the order had also been sent to the Chief Superintendent of Patna Police. Bihta police have already filed an indictment in this case.

On February 19, the No. 5 Court of First Class Judicial Magistrate declared him a fugitive and issued the arrest warrant. The Patna High Court rejected his early release plea in 2017.

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