The ruling Janata Dal (United) in Bihar came out to defend Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after an additional chief judicial magistrate in Barh, Bihar, summoned him in connection with a petition alleging that he was involved in the murder of a voter during a Lok Sabha by-poll 18 years ago.
The summons were sent on September 1.
One Sitaram Singh was killed when Janata Dal workers allegedly opened fire at a polling booth on November 16, 1991.
Kumar was contesting the bypoll on a Janata Dal ticket and was allegedly present at the booth, along with some senior party colleagues.
On Friday, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad had demanded the Chief Minister’s resignation following the summons.
Later, the RJD leader had circulated documents including the magistrate's order and protest petition filed by one Ashok Singh, brother of the victim.
In his petition, Singh had said he was not present on the spot of the crime.
At a press conference on Saturday, ruling party leaders Rajiv Ranjan Singh and Shivanand Tiwary accused Prasad of trying to destabilise the government with half-baked information.
“Despite Singh’s deposition that he was not present on the spot, the court issued summons,” Singh said.
“But the RJD leader did not show this part of the court’s observation to the media in a bid to tarnish the image of the Chief Minister
“Where is the summon letter? The letters provided by Prasad do not clearly state that the complainant had provided insufficient papers,” said Singh.