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New look Nitish cabinet has a fair dose of taints: Congress

Nitish Kumar believes in the ideology that caters to his lust for power, alleges Congress.

patna Updated: Jul 31, 2017 07:44 IST
Subhash Pathak
Subhash Pathak
Hindustan Times, Patna
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RJD legislators demonstrate a protest against Nitish Kumar government at Bihar Assembly in Patna on Friday. (PTI)

Bihar’s new minority welfare minister Khurshid alias Firoz Ahmad, who courted controversy by chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans after chief minister Nitish Kumar sailed through the trust vote in assembly on Friday, faces at least two criminal cases of serious nature.

In a case lodged with Bettiah town police station (PS) in 1995, Ahmad was charged with cheating, criminal breach of trust, theft, and forgery with valuable documents. Besides, he has also been accused of stealing railway property in another case lodged with Mainatand PS.

Apart from Ahmad, half a dozen ministers in the revamped Nitish cabinet face criminal charges in which various courts have taken cognizance.

According to the affidavit filed with the election commission, even Nitish has been charged under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC and section 27 of arms act (possession of illegal arms) in a protest-cum-complaint case lodged in a Barh court. The court had taken cognizance of the case, but proceedings were stayed by the Patna high court.

Citing the presence of many tainted ministers, senior Congress leader and AICC media panellist Prem Chandra Mishra asked the chief minister to clarify his stand on induction of leaders, who were charge-sheeted by the police and are being tried by the courts, in the cabinet.

“Will it not be a double standard if Kumar inducts leaders being tried by various courts for serious criminal offences, while Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, former deputy CM, was asked to resign merely on the basis of an FIR against him?” asked Mishra.

Mishra said that the local court of Rohtas had taken cognizance of at least two cases against industries minister Jai Kumar Singh in cases pertaining to attempt to murder, possession of illegal firearms and rioting.

Revenue minister Ram Narayan Mandal too faces cases of criminal conspiracy (120 B) and joining unlawful assembly with deadly weapon (144 of IPC). Local courts of Banka had taken cognizance of the cases and framed charges against them.

Agriculture minister Prem Kumar faced two criminal cases which the local courts had taken cognizance. The Patna high court has stayed proceedings in one of the cases. Prem Kumar, a BJP leader, has been accused of leading protests against the police in Gaya town in 1991.

A local court of Bhabua has also taken cognizance of a case against backward and EBC welfare minister Braj Kishore Bind under section 3 of Bihar Prevention of Defacement of Property Act.

Road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav is also facing a case under section 188 of IPC (disobedience to order duly promulgated by government officer).

The Congress leader said that the way Nitish resigned as CM had raised hopes among the people that he would not induct tainted leaders as ministers.

“He (Nitish Kumar) is known to maintain probity in public life. But induction of tainted ministers in his cabinet has exposed that he can compromise on any ideology for the craving of power,” said Mishra.

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He (Nitish Kumar) is known to maintain probity in public life. But induction of tainted ministers in his cabinet has exposed that he can compromise on any ideology for the craving of power

Prem Chandra Mishra, senior Congress leader

First Published: Jul 30, 2017 18:48 IST