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How a 26-year-old murder case proves an albatross around Nitish Kumar’s neck

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PATNA: The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned a plea against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar alleging that he didn’t reveal his murder case pending against him in his poll affidavit.

The matter will not come up for hearing in the second week of January.

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The JD-U retorted saying the chief minister is neither convicted nor charge-sheeted in any case.

“The murder case in which Nitish Kumar is one of the five accused persons is still pending before the Patna high court and it is in the judicial process. Nitish Kumar has already been declared “dosh-mukt” (not guilty) in the police investigation and there is no adverse remark against the CM at any level of the judiciary,” senior JD-U leader and minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh was quoted as saying by new agency ANI today.

The murder had taken place at a village under Pandarak police station of Patna district in November 1991.

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Earlier in August this year, a SC lawyer ML Sharma had brought the matter to the notice of the court and sought urgent hearing of the case after which the matter was listed for hearing.

Through the complaint, the petitioner had sought for disqualification of Nitish Kumar’s House membership for allegedly hiding a murder case pending against him in the court in his poll affidavits twice.

Kumar is currently a Member of Bihar Legislative Council, Upper House of the state legislature, and has not fought elections since taking oath as the chief minister in November 2005.

The petitioner had further demanded fresh investigation into the case alleging the chief minister got the police department under him file a “closer report” in the 1991 murder case

The 26-year-old case hit the headlines after RJD chief Lalu Prasad released documents to the media in July shortly after Kumar walked out of the Grand Alliance to form government with the BJP.

The petitioner had also sought a direction to the CBI to register an FIR against the Bihar chief minister in this case.

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