Jailed don Anant Singh and his right hand Bihar’s new law minister Kartikeya Kumar have become a headache for the new Nitish Kumar-Tejashwi Yadav government in the state.
RJD leader from Mokama, popularly known as ‘Chhote Sarkar’, was sentenced to 10 years in jail just two months ago and hence lost his assembly seat from the party. Now reports have surfaced that last week he spent nearly 48 hours out of Saharasa jail when he was to appear in court hearings for a few hours, but he also went to Patna’s Patliputra to stay at his home and a hospital. The BJP alleges that under the influence of Singh, his prodigious talent Kartikeya Kumar was made the Law Minister in the new government.
Kumar, popularly known as ‘Master Saheb’ as he was earlier a school teacher, also hails from Mokama and was made MLC from Patna by RJD, a few months back. Anant Singh is said to have played a key role in the election of Kumar as MLC from jail and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad himself had announced his name for the post. Slogans of ‘Chhote Sarkar Zindabad’ were raised after Kumar was sworn in as the new law minister of the state two days ago, explaining the close ties between Singh and Kumar.
Controversy over Kumar
The BJP has been attacking the new government ever since Kumar was sworn in as law minister. The party is demanding his dismissal as he was earlier named in a kidnapping case and there is an arrest warrant against him. Kumar did not attend the court hearing in this case on August 16 when he was sworn in as a minister. This case of kidnapping of builder Raju Singh is of 2014.
Lalu Prasad stepped in to defend Kumar, saying the allegations against him were false. Kumar told a hurried press conference in Patna on Wednesday that the trial court has given him protection from arrest till September 1 and the court has accepted his anticipatory bail plea for hearing. He has also claimed that the police has given him a clean chit in the final investigation report.
Kumar says a local court had issued an arrest warrant against him on July 19, but was stayed on August 12 till September 1. He also said that the chargesheet has not been filed by the police in any case so far. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Meanwhile, he said that he was not aware of any arrest warrant against Kartikeya Kumar. On the other hand, action has been taken against various policemen and officers of Saharasa Jail in the case of Don Anant Singh being out of jail for more than 48 hours.
At present, Singh and his prodigy Kumar are proving to be a headache for the Chief Minister.