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PIL against Bihar CM: SC to hear it after four weeks

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today said it would hear after four weeks a plea seeking cancellation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's membership of the state Legislative Council on the ground that he allegedly concealed information about a pending criminal case against him.

A bench headed by Chief Justice asked lawyer M L Sharma, who has filed the PIL in his personal capacity, to furnish a copy of his amended plea to the Commission of It decided not to issue notice on it for now.


The PIL has alleged that there was a criminal case against the JD(U) leader in which he was accused of killing a local leader Sitaram Singh and injuring four others ahead of the by-from Bihar's Barh constituency in 1991.

The has also sought a direction to the to register an FIR against Kumar in the case.

"Respondent number 2 (poll panel), despite knowing facts about his (Kumar's) criminal case, did not cancel his membership of the House and respondent (Kumar) still enjoys constitutional office till date," the plea said.

The lawyer has sought cancellation of Kumar's membership as per the Commission's 2002 order stating it was mandatory for candidates to disclose criminal cases against them in their affidavits annexed to the nomination papers.

He claimed that the chief minister did not disclose the criminal case pending against him in affidavits since 2004, except for 2012.

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First Published: Mon, September 11 2017. 19:32 IST
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