BJP leaders blame Bihar’s grand alliance for Shahabuddin’s release
Carrying on its offensive against the Nitish Kumar-led dispensation for ‘paving grounds’ for the release of dreaded RJD leader Shahabuddin from jail, the state BJP on Tuesday said that the government was responsible for invoking fresh fear among the people of Bihar.
“Had the government been sincere towards its claim about rule of law in the state, it would not have closed its eyes from the reality like an ostrich,” said former deputy chief minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi after his customary ‘janata darbar’.
He said if Shahabuddin got out on bail, the government should squarely be blamed for it. “Shahabuddin had about three dozen cases of serious offences pending in the court of law for more than three years owing to delays in prosecution. By stopping trial of all but one cases, the government allowed him to manage the entire system in his favour,” alleged Modi.
Citing legal discrepancies that allowed Shahabuddin to manage the verdicts, Modi wondered as to how the additional sessions judge of Siwan could let the accused to fight his case on government expenses, on false grounds.
“The Siwan court allowed Shahabuddin to hire a lawyer of his own choice on government’s expenses on the ground that his financial condition was not good. How can a man be so poor if his wife, Hena Shahab, in her election affidavit claimed to have possessed property worth `8-9 crore?,” he asked.
Modi said the Patna HC later realised the fault in Siwan court’s order stayed it. Besides, the court had also directed the authorities to ensure the appearance of Shahabuddin in the trial court and listing of his cases for trial.
“But the same order, which was sent through registered cover along with AD (acknowledgement of delivery) was not delivered to the accused for the past three years in jail,” he said, adding that the government never insisted for launching trial in pending cases.
News of his release on bail was not taken lightly in Delhi. “Jungle raj is also back in the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance of Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar),” BJP secretary Sidharth Nath Singh said.
On his release from the jail, the former RJD MP from Siwan refused to accept Nitish Kumar as his leader and called him a “chief minister of circumstance” – a statement that set off angry reaction from alliance partner the JD(U).
The party hit out at Nitish Kumar saying to remain the chief minister, he compromised all values he stood for. “Lalu Praad is keen to be a partner but make his son the true CM,” the BJP leader said, adding that Congress’ has a main bhi hu na (me too) status in the alliance.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police is carrying out rescue operations at Uttrakhand's Pithoragarh to rescue two trekkers who went missing on Sunday during the Khaliya Top trek in Pithoragarh, news agency ANI reported. The trekkers, identified as Vishal Gangwar, 28, and Santosh Kumar, 30 are residents of Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly. The ITBP deployed two teams to search for the trekkers. The ITBP team said food and drinking water was provided by them.
As per the weather forecast, rainfall is likely to continue for the coming few days. Heavy rainfall has been predicted for the coming 4-5 days in Bengaluru. Localities around the HAL airport area received 86.4 mm rainfall. Rainfall in other states The weather department has predicted light rainfall over parts of Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha for the next four days. These rains will be accompanied by gusty winds and thunderstorms.
All gram panchayats in Bihar will soon have their own websites as part of the state government's mission to bring in accountability and transparency in the system of rural governance. These websites will contain demographic details, places of historical importance, important institutions as well as details of elected representatives of the area. Panchayati raj minister Samrat Chaudhary said the state government had also allocated ₹3261 crore as its grant for gram panchayats.
Maintaining its stand of opposing the demolition drives carried out by the three Bharatiya Janata Party-led municipal corporations of Delhi (MCDs), the Delhi government has now sought reports from the three civic bodies on all “bulldozer actions” carried out since April 1 this year. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also asked his party MLAs to even prepare to go to prison to protect people from the demolition drives.
BENGALURU: At least two people were killed, while several others were left scrambling for shelter as heavy rainfall battered large parts of Bengaluru. Three workers were stuck in a flooded pipeline in Ullal Upanagara, and only one person managed to escape. The India Meteorological Department on Tuesday issued an Orange alert for urban and rural districts of Bengaluru, predicting heavy rainfall for the next 4-5 days.