Patna: Advocate General of Bihar today denied
the report that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was summoned by a
local court in connection with the murder of a Congress
activist in 1991.
"The court of additional chief judicial magistrate
(Barh) has not summoned Kumar in any way if one goes through
the order minutely," Advocate General P K Sahi told reporters
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Ranjan Kumar passed
the order on September 1, asking Kumar and one Dularchand
Yadav to appear before him after hearing a petition filed by
Ashok Singh, a relative of Congress activist Sitaram Singh,
who was killed in a firing at a polling booth at Barh during
the Lok Sabha elections on November 16, 1991.
The Barh court was also not empowered to pass any order
in the case since the Patna High Court had stayed the
proceedings there, Sahi said.
Sahi claimed that the ACJM had in his order asked for
putting up the case before him on September 9 following
insufficient `taliana fee` (fee required for issue of summons)
deposited by the complainant Ashok Singh.
Sahi circulated copies of the court`s order where at the
end after the signature of the judge was written "Seen,
taliana fee is not sufficient, put up on date fixed."
State JD(U) president Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lalan and
national spokesman Shivanand Tiwari said "the court has not
summoned Kumar for want of submission of taliana fee and fixed
September 9 as the next date of hearing."