Nitish wants to keep criminal record under wraps: RJD

The chief opposition RJD on Thursday accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of "declining to contest" the assembly polls "to keep his criminal antecedents under wraps".

Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 20:57 PM IST

Patna: The chief opposition RJD on Thursday accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of "declining to contest" the assembly polls "to keep his criminal antecedents
under wraps".

"It`s common knowledge that a contestant has to disclose the details of his or her criminal antecedents in the affidavit mandated by the Election Commission and Kumar facing serious charge too will be required to do so", the RJD leaders Jagatanand Singh, Shakeel Ahmed Khan and Ram Kripal Yadav said at a joint press conference.

Claiming that proceedings were still pending against Kumar in a case related to killing of a Congress activist Satyendra Singh at a booth at Pandarak under Barh parliamentary constituency at the time of polls in 1991, they said "the chief minister in the given circumstances stands to lose his clean image in the eyes of the people as he will have
to declare the criminal antecedents in the affidavit."

They dared Kumar to take electoral plunge if he was not afraid of "acknowledging his own criminal antecedents."

"The people of Bihar must know that their chief minister has cases registered against him for murder, booth grabbing and kidnapping of a witness," they said.

Kumar was in the fray from Barh constituency in 1991
on a Janata Dal ticket and police had in its final report
cleared Kumar of all charges against him in the case long
time ago, official sources said.

PTI