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Murder accused sharing dais with him; Nitish Kumar pleads innocence

Saturday, 5 April 2014 - 7:15pm IST | Place: Gaya | Agency: PTI

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar pleaded innocence on Saturday about a party leader wanted in a murder case sharing the dais with him at Gaya and claimed that it was an example of good governance that the man was arrested immediately.

"How can I know background of everybody sharing dais with me during an election rally?" he posed to reporters about Javed Khan, a former councillor of Gaya Municipality, against whom an arrest warrant was pending since December, sharing the dais with him at Gaya on Friday.

"But, the moment it came to our notice about an arrest warrant by a court against him, the government acted promptly to get him arrested, Isn't this an example of good governance?" he asked.

Asked if the episode did not put a question mark on his claim of good governance, Kumar replied "No".

Without naming BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, he asked "What about those who are distributing party symbols despite facing trial in cases?"

He, however, said that state JD(U) chief would inquire and and take action how such a person was appointed to a party post in the district.

Khan has been associated with the party for past two years and headed its district minority cell.

The warrant was issued for the murder of a property dealer Naushad Khan in April last year.

Khan was subsequently produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate K K Singh who sent him to 14 days judicial custody.

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