SC demands EC's reply on plea against Nitish Kumar's Legislative Council membership in four weeks

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the EC to respond to a plea seeking cancellation of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's membership of the state Legislative Council.

PTI October 23, 2017 21:26:28 IST
SC demands EC's reply on plea against Nitish Kumar's Legislative Council membership in four weeks

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Election Commission of India to respond to a plea seeking cancellation of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's membership of the state Legislative Council on the ground that he had allegedly concealed information about a pending criminal case against him.

SC demands ECs reply on plea against Nitish Kumars Legislative Council membership in four weeks

File image of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar . PTI

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud asked the ECI to file its reply in four weeks.

The top court had earlier asked lawyer ML Sharma, who has filed the PIL in his personal capacity, to furnish a copy of his amended plea to the ECI. It had decided not to issue notice on it for now.

The PIL has alleged that there was a criminal case against the JD(U) leader in which he was accused of killing a local Congress leader Sitaram Singh and injuring four others ahead of the Lok Sabha by-election from Bihar's Barh constituency in 1991.

The petition has also sought a direction to the CBI to register an FIR against Kumar in the case.

"Respondent number 2 (poll panel), despite knowing facts about his (Kumar's) criminal case, did not cancel his membership of the House and respondent (Kumar) still enjoys constitutional office till date," the plea said.

The lawyer has sought cancellation of Kumar's membership as per the Election Commission's 2002 order, stating it was mandatory for candidates to disclose criminal cases against them in their affidavits annexed to the nomination papers.

He claimed that the Bihar chief minister did not disclose the criminal case pending against him in affidavits since 2004, except in 2012.

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