New Delhi: According to Times Now report, the Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Election Commission on a petition seeking cancellation of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s membership of the state Legislative Council for allegedly concealing a pending criminal case against him while filing his poll affidavit.
A bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy and Justice AM Khanwilkar had on August 01 agreed to hear the plea filed by advocate ML Sharma.
The petition said there was a criminal case against Nitish Kumar in which he was accused of killing a local Congress leader Sitaram Singh, and injuring four others ahead of a Lok Sabha by-election in Barh constituency in 1991.
Despite knowing about Kumar’s criminal case, the Election Commission did not cancel his membership of the House and he still enjoys constitutional office till date, Sharma said.
The petition sought cancellation of the Bihar Chief Minister’s membership as per the 2002 order of the Election Commission, which said it is mandatory for candidates to disclose criminal cases against them in their affidavits annexed to nomination papers.