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Bihar Minister Kartik Kumar, Accused In 2014 Kidnapping Case, Resigns Amid Protests

Kartik Kumar, a RJD MLC, who became the state's law minister in the new Nitish Kumar government, resigned hours after being moved to a lesser significant Sugarcane Department on Wednesday night.

Bihar Minister Kartik Kumar
Bihar Minister Kartik Kumar (Photo: Twitter)

Patna: Bihar minister Kartik Kumar has resigned amidst protests by the opposition, officials said. He has been accused in a 2014 kidnapping case. Kartik Kumar, a RJD MLC, who became the state’s law minister in the new Nitish Kumar government, resigned hours after being moved to a lesser significant Sugarcane Department on Wednesday night.

“The resignation has been accepted and forwarded to the governor,” a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office said. “Revenue and Land Reforms Minister Alok Kumar Mehta has been given the additional charge of the Sugarcane Department,” the officials said.

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Kartik Kumar was believed to have been chosen by the RJD as part of Tejashwi Yadav’s outreach towards the Bhumihars, a politically powerful upper caste largely sympathetic towards the BJP.

The saffron party, which lost power following a political upheaval in Bihar earlier this month, raised hell over Kartik Kumar’s induction despite his name figuring in the abduction case.

(With Inputs from ANI)