A ruling JD(U) legislator has served a legal notice to Sushil Kumar Modi for having claimed that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wanted to give party ticket to controversial Siwan RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin’s wife in the 2009 General Election, but the senior BJP leader Wednesday said he stood by his comments. In a statement here, Modi charged the chief minister with getting the legal notice served on him through a party leader “after the removal of the mask on the Shahabuddin issue”.
“I stand by what I had said that Nitish Kumar had no reservation regarding Mohammad Shahabuddin and wanted to give ticket to his wife after enrolling her in the JD(U),” Modi, whose party BJP was a coalition partner of JD(U) at that time, said.
JD(U) state spokesman and MLC Neeraj Kumar had Wednesday served a legal notice to Modi through his lawyer Udai Pratap Singh for making “unsubstantiated” allegations against the chief minister.
“In the legal notice, the BJP leader has been asked to reply within 15 days or be prepared to face a case of defamation,” Kumar said.
Modi said in his statement that if Nitish Kumar had any reservation about Shahabuddin, then “why did the state government not support lawyer Prashant Bhusan’s plea in the Supreme Court to keep him (Shahabuddin) out of Bihar?”
“Would Nitish Kumar stop lawyer Ram Jethmalani, who became a member of Rajya Sabha on an RJD ticket with the help of JD(U), from fighting Shahabuddin’s case in the Supreme Court?” Modi, who was the deputy chief minister during the NDA rule in the state, asked.
Meanwhile, the JD(U) MLC asked Modi to reply to his legal notice instead of “pronouncing his stand through a media statement”.