The additional CJM court of Barh has issued summons against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and one Dularchand Yadav to personally appear before the court on September 9 in connection with a murder case of one Sitaram Singh during the by-poll of Barh parliamentary constituency in 1991.
The case, filed two decades back by Ashok Kumar Singh, relates to the murder of Sitaram Singh on the day of by-poll in Barh constituency on November 16, 1991. The complainant in his FIR had named Kumar as the main accused along with four others persons, late former minister Dilip Singh, criminal turned politician Dularchand Yadav, Yogendra Yadav and Bodhu Yadav. The Chief Minister was then the candidate of the erstwhile-old Janata Dal from Barh parliamentary constituency and pitted against Congress candidate Siddeshwar Prasad.
In its order issued on August 31st, the additional CJM has said that a prima facie case for the offense under section 147, 148,149, 302,307 IPC and 27 arms act was being made out against the accused persons for which cognizance had been taken against them.
As per the FIR, it was alleged that Kumar along with four others namely Dilip Singh, Dularchand Yadav, Yogendra Prasad and Bodh Yadav armed with guns and pistols had come to the booth located at middle school, Dhewar within the Barh constituency on the day of by-poll and started disturbing the poll proceedings, which was resisted by voters including a local Congress worker, Sitaram Singh . The complainant alleged that in the ensuing scuffle, Kumar fired from his rifle at Singh, who sustained grievous injuries and died on the spot.