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Murder Accused MP Minister Provides Opposition Fresh Salvo Against CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Lal Singh Arya, the General Administration Department Minister, has an arrest warrant against him by the Bhind court in connection with the murder of former Gohad Congress MLA Makhan Singh Jatav.

Vivek Trivedi | News18

Updated:December 6, 2017, 8:13 PM IST
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Murder Accused MP Minister Provides Opposition Fresh Salvo Against CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan
File photo of Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Bhopal: Opposition parties in the state are turning the heat up on the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led government after a state cabinet minister faces an arrest warrant in the 2013 murder case of a Congress MLA.

The opposition had earlier as well raked up the issue in the assembly, seeking removal of tainted legislators.

Lal Singh Arya, the General Administration Department Minister, has an arrest warrant against him by the Bhind court in connection with the murder of former Gohad Congress MLA Makhan Singh Jatav.

The MLA had earlier, on six occasions, not turned up at the court in response to bailable warrants but this time, the court issued a warrant. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan dodged media queries on Arya’s case during a function.

During hearings, the court had included Arya’s name as an accused but the minister received a reprieve from the High Court. The matter landed in Supreme Court thereafter.

On Wednesday, Congress workers staged a protest against Arya and the state government for sheltering the minister.

“I am a law-abiding citizen and there is no question of contempt of court,” said Arya while talking to News18, adding that the Congress was not able to digest the success of a Dalit politician.

Jatav, a former Congress MLA from Gohad in Bhind district, was shot during an election campaign on April 13, 2013. Despite allegations raised against him, Arya was not named by the Police in the case and later, CBI too did not mention him in the probe.

However, this year on May 19, the court of Judge Yogesh Kumar Gupta, responding to a petition from Jatav’s family, added Arya’s name as an accused.
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