LJP demands sacking of minister for being an absconder

State unit LJP President Pashupati Kumar Paras told a press conference here that Kumar was declared an absconder by the then Chief Judicial Magistrate of a Gaya court, vide an order dated March 23, 1996 in connection with a case registered against him at Kotwali police station five years earlier.

"The minister has not only been absconding from the clutches of the law in connection with the case lodged against him, but is also guilty of suppression of the case status in the affidavit submitted by him at the time of filing nomination to contest from Gaya town assembly seat last year", he said.

The charges against Kumar were grave in nature and he should be sacked from the ministry by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar without any further delay, Paras demanded.

A LJP delegation will soon approach the Election Commission of India seeking termination of the Urban Development Minister's membership of the Legislative Assembly as he had hidden these details in his affidavit before contesting assembly polls.

Kumar was not available for his comments.

Paras claimed that as many as 14 of the 30 ministers in the NDA government were tainted and had criminal cases lodged against them and said that the Chief Minister should order speedy trial of the cases involving his ministers by special courts.

Another state minister Ramadhar Singh had to resign earlier this month after the opposition RJD had alleged that the former was declared an absconder by an Aurangabad district court 16 years ago in a case registered against him in 1992 for making inflammatory and communal speech.

Singh later surrendered before a court in Aurangabad district and was sent to 14 days' judicial remand.

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