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Prosecution against Nitish in murder case mala fide: Patna HC

The Patna High Court Friday quashed criminal proceedings initiated against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by a lower court in a three-decades-old murder case, holding that the prosecution is mala fide, untenable and solely intended to harass the petitioner . Justice A Amanullah passed the order on an application moved by Kumar, who heads the Janata Dal (United). The proceedings were initiated in 2009, 18 years after an FIR was lodged at the Pandarak police station in connection with the killing of one Sita Ram Singh, who died in violence at a polling booth in the Barh Lok Sabha constituency where bypoll was underway and Kumar was the candidate of the Janata Dal. An FIR was lodged by Singh s brother Raja Ram Singh on November 16, 1991, wherein he had named Kumar alongside don-turned-politicians Dilip Singh and Dularchand Yadav and their associates who were believed to be close to the Janata Dal. Upon learning that his name had figured in the FIR, Kumar filed an application before .

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