Under fire over the bail to former RJD MP from Siwan, Shahabuddin, the Janata Dal (United ) tried to deflect the criticism when its spokesperson Pawan Verma said the state government had moved the Supreme Court against it.
Verma said the Bihar government did not have any role in the release of the ex-MP, as the case was in court and the court’s verdict was based on technicalities.
"That the state has moved the Supreme Court in the case exemplifies the state's intentions,” he said on Friday.
He stoutly defended the track record of grand alliance in maintaining law and order in the state. "The Nitish administration has sent 95,000 criminals to jail. Even in cases involving JD(U) members, the administration has not flinched from taking decisions, or interfered with the legal process," Verma said.
“It is the same administration, which sent its own legislator Anant Singh to jail for crime. In the Gaya road rage case case, accused Rocky Yadav’s family members, including his JD (U) MLC mother, were arrested. The Nitish administration has not worked with any bias in any case and has always held that the due process of law should apply, irrespective of the importance of the person involved," Verma said.
BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, on the other hand, said: "In a face-saving move, the state government has been forced to approach the Supreme Court after the public outcry over bail to the ex-MP."
“The government has been cornered. It should first explain why the trial against the ex-MP in various cases was delayed. There was a well-planned conspiracy to bring him out of jail and allow him to resume his role in the political process,” Modi said.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad has said that the controversy over Shahabuddin getting bail was created by the BJP and the media, and that the matter should be decided only by the court.
On his part, Shahabuddin had also downplayed the NDA's demand for his re-arrest and put the ball in Nitish Kumar's court while asserting that if the process is initiated, then it would be an administrative decision.
"Those who are prone to stress over such matters, may take the developments seriously. I do not. These things keep happening. I am not concerned", he told the media.
"I will do what I have to do. I have always been the way I want. Whatever the government wants to do...can do...what can I comment on that?. I have received no notice till now," he added.