19 years after Babri speech, MLA sent to jail
The BJP legislator from Bihar had been forced to resign as state cooperative minister last week.
Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Ramadhar Singh was on Thursday sent by a court to 14 days judicial custody for making an inflammatory speech after the Babri Masjid razing in 1992.
A court in Aurangabad rejected his bail petition after the four-time legislator, who had been declared an absconder in 1995, surrendered before the court, officials said.
Ramadhar Singh was forced to resign last week as the cooperative minister in the Nitish Kumar government.
He is a legislator from Aurangabad, about 140 km from here.
Last week, soon after his resignation, the Patna High Court directed him to surrender in the lower court.
Ramadhar Singh ran foul of law after allegedly making an inflammatory speech directed against Muslims following the 1992 demolition of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya that triggered widespread communal riots.
He had said that he was resigning to "save the image" of the Nitish Kumar government.