PATNA: Bihar chief Nitish Kumar got the much-needed relief on Monday when the Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking his disqualification as a legislator for allegedly hiding a murder case pending against him, media reports said.
“We do not find any merit in the petition. It is dismissed,” a three-member bench headed by chief justice Dipal Misra said, according to media reports.
“Election Rules say that he (Nitish) should declare it after the trial court takes cognizance of the case,” the bench said, adding that it has been done.
A Supreme Court lawyer ML Sharma had filed the petition in the court in August last year after it was revealed the chief minister had a murder case pending against him in the court.
In his petition, Sharma had alleged that the chief minister never applied for bail in this non-bailable offence and used his official position to get a closure report filed by the police.