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Supreme Court seeks EC’s help in PIL seeking Nitish’s disqualification

After hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that seeks disqualification of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Yadav, the Supreme Court had directed the Election Commission (EC) to submit its report regarding the same. The court has asked EC to file its report within four weeks. The PIL has been filed by Delhi lawyer ML Sharma. It has been alleged in the PIL that Nitish had hidden his criminal records while filing election affidavits prior to 2012. As such, he should be disqualified from the post of Chief Minister. The PIL alleges that Nitish was involved in a murder case and a case was filed against him ahead of the 1991 Lok Sabha by-election to Bihar’s Barh constituency. However, Nitish did not declare the case in the election affidavits filed with the election commission, the PIL alleges.

Responding to the PIL, Nitish Kumar, however, said that the PIL is just someone’s personal opinion. Nitish said that he has always followed the rule book all throughout his political career and he has not done anything wrong. Nitish said that there was a case against him, but he was cleared in the investigations conducted by the police. He said when the cognizance in a case has been set aside, there is no need to declare a criminal case while filing the documents for election purposes.

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