Aurangabad chief judicial magistrate Ashutosh Khetan on Thursday rejected the bail plea of Ramadhar Singh, who has just resigned as Bihar cooperative minister, and remanded him in 14 days’ judicial custody for allegedly making a communal speech 19 years ago.
Singh had surrendered on Thursday on the directive of the Patna high court.
He had been absconding even after a non-bailable warrant was issued against him in 1995 for allegedly making the inflammatory speech against a minority community after the 1992 demolition of the Babri mosque, police said.
A case was lodged with the Madanpur police station on December 18, 1992. He was arrested and sent to jail on January 15, 1993, and later released on bail.
He was found guilty in the case and the Aurangabad court had issued summons against him on March 15, 1993. The case was referred to the court of the CJM. After repeated summons, a non-bailable warrant was issued against him on May 3, 1995. On December 18, 1995, he was declared absconder. Subsequently, the case against him remained buried in the police station.
Singh, a BJP member, had to resign from the cabinet on May 19 under pressure from opposition parties, which petitioned governor Devanand Konwar seeking his dismissal in the wake of his being declared absconder by the Aurangabad court.
Singh had moved the Patna high court, which in its order on May 20 directed him to surrender before the lower court.