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Supreme Court dismisses PIL against Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

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The Supreme Court today dismissed a PIL seeking Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s disqualification as an MLC on the ground that he had allegedly suppressed the fact that a murder case was pending against him from the Election Commission.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, considered the Chief Minister’s submission that he had disclosed the fact about the pendency of the criminal case to the poll panel in 2012.

The PIL, filed by an advocate, had sought cancellation of Kumar’s membership of the state Legislative Council in accordance with the Election Commission’s 2002 order that it was mandatory for candidates to disclose criminal cases against them in their affidavits annexed to the nomination papers.

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