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Nitish in trouble as SC agrees to hear plea for cancellation of his House membership for concealing murder case

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PATNA: In a significant development, the Supreme Court today agreed to hear a petition seeking cancellation of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s membership of state Legislative Council for allegedly hiding a murder case pending against him.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar agreed to hear the case after it was filed on Monday. The case has been filed by advocate ML Sharma.

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In his petition, the petitioner questioned the chief minister’s move of concealing the case from the Election Commission and then continuing in office without seeking bail despite facing such a serious criminal charge, and sought his immediate cancellation of his House membership.

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The chief minister has been accused of killing a local Congress leader and injuring four others during the 1991 Lok Sabha elections for Barh seat.

The lawyer has sought cancellation of Kumar’s membership as per the Election Commission’s 2002 order stating it is mandatory for candidates to disclose criminal cases against them in their affidavits annexed to nomination papers, according to a Firstpost report.

According to the FP report, the lawyer claimed the Bihar chief minister did not disclose the criminal case that was pending against him in affidavits since 2004, except for 2012.

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