A controversy erupted in Bihar on Wednesday with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hitting newly inducted Justice Minister Kartikey Kumar aka Kartik Singh alleging he is wanted in a kidnapping case and is not s is not brought before the court on order. date, but was sworn in on the same day.
According to an indictment filed by police on September 19, 2018, Singh was convicted under Sections 364 (kidnapping), 395 (Punishment for dacoity) 397 (causing grievous bodily harm to a person) 323 (Punishment for willfully causing bodily harm), 325 (penalty for willfully causing grievous bodily harm), 120 b (conspiracy) and 34 (acts performed by several persons in pursuit of a common intention). The case concerns the alleged kidnapping of Patna-based builder, Rajiv Ranjan Singh, aka Raju Singh, in 2014.
HT saw a copy of the indictment.
“The Court of First Class Magistrate Ajay Kumar of Danapur Civil Court ordered the issuance of a bail warrant against Kartikey on July 17, 2022 and the warrant was issued by the court on July 19,” confirmed additional prosecutor Rashmi Sinha, adding that the court had set a date for August 16 but no one had shown up.
Singh’s lawyer, Madhusudan Singh, said: “Bihar Justice Minister Kartikey is not on the run in the eyes of the court. The court suspended his arrest until September 1. The application for early bail was filed with the Patna District and Sessions Judge on August 4. in Danapur, which on August 12 suspended the arrest until September 1, 2022.”
On July 7, 2022, Singh had sought permission to withdraw an FIR annulment petition against him from the high court bench of Judge Satyavrat Verma.
On Wednesday, he alleged the opposition was trying to create and play a role. “All MPs and ministers submit affidavits. There is nothing like it in there. I have court protection until September 1,” he tweeted.
Amarjyoti Sharma, who is representing plaintiff Raju Singh, said: “This is a 2014 kidnapping case. Based on his recorded statement before a magistrate, Kartikey’s name has come up in this scandal. In 2017, he filed a plea with the HC asking for early bail which was overturned by the court. Subsequently, he filed an application for annulment which was withdrawn. He received no relief from the HC. At the moment, the arrest warrant is pending. I can’t say anything about the legality of the oath.
The BJP opposition demanded Singh’s removal from the cabinet.
Former CM MP and BJP MP Sushil Modi said: “If the court issued a warrant against him, he should have surrendered. But he was sworn in as Minister of Justice. I ask Nitish (Chief Minister Nitish Kumar), is he trying to bring back the Lalu regime? »
Chief Minister Kumar said he had no knowledge of the case involving his minister. “I don’t know. I don’t have any information about that,” he said.
Union Minister RK Singh said: “I am from Bihar and I am ashamed of what is happening. Jungle Raj has started. The Minister of Justice himself is on the run, that too in a kidnapping case. He is the right hand of Anant Singh, who is a don. Doesn’t CM know? Kartikeya Singh should be sacked.
BJP’s OBC Morcha General Secretary Nikhil Anand said: “The cabinet of Nitish Kumar’s government paints a very ugly picture. These rotten people cannot ensure the safety and security of the people of Bihar. How can a person hide the fact that they are wanted in a kidnapping case and swear in as Bihar’s Minister of Justice? »
RJD spokesman Shakti Singh said if the court finds the justice minister guilty, strict action will be taken. “Minister of Justice Kartikey Singh has also given clarification on this,” he added.
Patna High Court Senior Solicitor Vinod Kanth said the minister had no choice but to go to court. “When his early bail plea was rejected, the FIR’s request to vacate was denied and the case was also dismissed by the Supreme Court, what else is left? It is also absurd to believe that the CM and Deputy CM were unaware of this fact. Since an arrest warrant has been issued, he must submit,” he added.