Kartik Kumar, former minister in Bihar will have to appear before the Danapur court on Thursday, September 1 in a kidnapping case.
Patna: Kartik Kumar, former minister in Bihar who submitted his resignation when the Nitish Kumar-led government changed his portfolio, will have to appear before the Danapur court on Thursday, September 1 in connection with a kidnapping case. Kartik Kumar, whose portfolio had been changed to the sugarcane industries ministry instead of the law, is an accused in an abduction case.
The hearing of the anticipatory bail plea in a kidnapping case pertaining to 2014, to be heard today in Danapur court. Despite an arrest order being issued on July 19, Kartik Kumar, a member of the legislative council (MLC), has failed to appear in court. He was given relief by the court until September 1.
The ‘tainted’ RJD leader resigned from his position and gave his resignation letter to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. This development came into force when the Bihar government shifted him to the sugarcane industries ministry in place of law. The transfer took place due to growing public outrage over his involvement in criminal activities.
The BJP had been raising its voice demanding Kartik Kumar’s removal from the cabinet, amidst an arrest warrant pending against his name in a 2014 kidnapping case.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation (CPIML), a key ally in Bihar’s Mahagathbandhan government, wanted Nitish Kumar and his deputy, Tejashwi Yadav, to introspect their decision to hand over the law portfolio to Kartik Kumar in the cabinet. The Congress, another alliance in Bihar, had also asked the Nitish Kumar government to think before inducting Kumar into the cabinet.
Kartik Kumar is considered a close aide of don-turned-politician Anant Singh.