THE JD(U) has lodged a case against former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju in Patna for allegedly making “derogatory and offensive” remarks about Bihar.
Katju, in a Facebook post, had written that India can give Kashmir to Pakistan “only on the condition of taking Bihar as well”.
Katju’s remarks sparked a debate on social media with Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav posting several tweets to criticise Katju’s remarks. “Just because Bihar has dearth of resources, it does not mean that it has dearth of talent. It is the land of Buddha, Mahavira, Chandragupta and Ashoka,” said Tejashwi.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also took serious note of Katju’s post. Without naming him, Kumar said: “Kuchh log ghar baithe hi Bihar ke mai baap ban baithe hain aur kuchh kuchh bolte rahte hai. (Some people try to be become Bihar’s master and say anything). Everyone knows about the rich culture and traditions of Bihar. No one has the right to deride Bihar.”
Speaking to The Indian Express, JD(U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said: “It does not behove Justice (retired) Katju to make such objectionable remarks. We have lodged the case for insulting the sentiments of the people of Bihar”.