LJP demands sacking of 'absconding' Bihar minister

Patna: The LJP on Sunday demanded immediate removal of Bihar Urban Development minister Prem Kumar from the ministry as he was declared an absconder by a court 15 years ago and had withheld the information during filing of nomination for assembly polls.

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.

"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 Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) delegation will soon approach the Election Commission seeking termination of the minister's membership of the Legislative Assembly, he said. Kumar was not available for his comments.

Paras claimed that as many as 14 of the 30 ministers in the NDA government in Bihar were tainted and had criminal cases lodged against them.

Co-operative 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-day judicial custody.