Bihar Law Minister Kartikeya Singh. ANI
New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has faced anger for enthroning Kartikeya Singh of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), who is believed to be involved in criminal cases, as the state’s justice minister.
Singh was supposed to appear in Danapur court on August 16 in the kidnapping case, but instead was sworn in as justice minister in Nitish Kumar’s new cabinet in Bihar.
On August 12, the court was granted interim protection until September 1.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which became the opposition party in the state after Kumar quit the NDA last week and formed an alliance with Lalu Prasad’s RJD party, has been attacking the new cabinet since Tuesday when 31 ministers were sworn in.
There were allegations that Singh absconded, but his attorney, Advocate Madhusudan Sharma, denied the allegations and said: “He is not charged in this case, (and) his involvement is not is not mentioned in the investigation… no evidence was found against him. , (and) the police proved him innocent.”
Accusations against Bihar Minister Kartikeya Singh
Kartikeya Singh, an RJD member of the Bihar Legislative Council, is charged, along with 16 others, in a 2014 kidnapping case.
The RJD MLC is accused of having planned the kidnapping of a mason with a view to assassinating him. Former Mokama MP Anant Singh was also named as a defendant in the case.
In 2014, Raju Singh, once a close associate of Anant Singh, was reportedly kidnapped following a dispute over financial dealings near Patna. He was later found by the police.
An arrest warrant is pending against Singh and he has been ordered to appear in court in Danapur on August 16.
Singh was convicted 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).
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 has been sent to the Chief Superintendent of Patna Police and Bihta Police have already filed an indictment in the case.
Singh is a resident of Mokama and has also been a teacher by profession.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar says ‘unaware’ of charges against Kartikeya Singh
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said he was unaware of the criminal charges Singh faced. “I don’t know, I don’t have any information about it,” he said.
Former Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad urges Patna HC to learn about the case
Former Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is urging the High Court in Patna to take cognizance of the serious matter regarding Singh.
Prasad further said that he expects CM Nitish Kumar to “show courage” and sack Singh.
“We expect the Patna High Court to take this seriously. I expect CM Nitish Kumar to show courage. Kartikeya Singh should be sacked and strict action should be taken against him,” said Prasad.
BJP Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Kumar Modi has said that according to an ADR report, more than 70% of ministers in the new BIhar cabinet led by Nitish Kumar are facing criminal charges against them.
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“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 Sushil.
Last week, Nitish Kumar was sworn in as Bihar’s chief minister for the eighth time and Tejashwi Yadav was sworn in as his deputy.
On Tuesday, 31 ministers were sworn into the Nitish Kumar cabinet, including 16 from the RJD and 11 from Kumar’s JD(U). Two Congress party lawmakers, one from the Hindustani Awam Morch (HAM) and an independent are also in the state cabinet.
With contributions from agencies