On the day senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal filed his nomination for Rajya Sabha polls from Uttar Pradesh, a local court in Kushinagar issued proclamation order declaring Congress MLA from Tamkuhiraj Ajay Kumar ‘Lallu’ as absconder in a criminal case. A day later the same court issued proclamation orders in six other cases against Ajay Kumar, who is proposer for Sibal in the RS polls.
Kumar procured bail in four cases on Monday, but the police action is pending in three other cases.
The proclamation orders came days after Kumar staged a “violent protest” against the alleged “murder” of an old man by a sub-inspector. All the cases were lodged at Sewrahi police station of the district between 2001-2012. The proclamation order was issued after MLA failed to appear before the court despite several summons and non-bailable warrants (NBWs).
The Station House Officer (SHO) of Sewrahi, Padmakar Rai, claimed that the local court issued the proclamation order after Ajay Kumar did not respond to the warrants issued against him to appear in person before the court. The SHO claimed that the police did not apply for the proclamation order.
Ajay Kumar, a resident of Azad Nagar locality in Sewrahi area, had won 2012 Assembly elections from Tamkuhiraj constituency in Kushinagar.
“We received the proclamation order from the court against MLA Ajay Kumar in one case on Monday and six other different cases on Tuesday. These seven cases include offences such as using criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty, criminal intimidation, voluntarily causing hurt, wrongful confinement wrongful restraint, public nuisance and others,” the SHO said.
The SHO confirmed that the MLA has obtained bail in four cases, while in other three cases proclamation order is still pending. The police had already filed chargesheets in all the seven cases, he added.
Circle Officer, Tamkuhiraj area, Shrish Chandra said the proclamation notice in the remaining cases will be put up at MLA’s residence. The next proceeding will be the attachment of property, if the MLA remains untraceable, the CO added.
However, when contacted, Ajay Kumar told The Indian Express that the police officials were indulging in vendetta.”These cases were registered between 2001-2012 and all are related to my protests against police atrocities, raising voice for sugarcane farmers, disrupted power supply and other social issues. The police are initiating such action (proclamation order) with vengeance as I have been raising voice against police atrocities in the area,” the MLA alleged.
Confirming that he proposer of Sibal in RS polls, the MLA said, “I have procured bail in four of the cases on Monday and the procedure is pending for other ones too.”
Ajay Kumar said he had led an agitation by hundreds of locals outside Tamkuhiraj police outpost in Taryasujan police station area after 70-year-old Khaleel died when he was allegedly hit by a sub-inspector (S-I) on May 27. The police team had gone to inquire into a land dispute between Khaleel and his brother Hakeem at Kohindi village. Khaleel was allegedly pushed by S-I Bhagwan Singh following heated arguments, the MLA alleged. Later, an FIR was lodged against the S-I and two others on charges of murder.
“Earlier, on May 18,” the MLA alleged, “Police had lodged a case against me on charges of loot and criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty and later raided my house in my absence. This case was sequel to an argument with a S-I who had beaten up a local when the latter could not produce papers of his vehicle during a routine checking drive. As I entered in an argument with the S-I over beating up the man, he and then SO of the police station lodged the case against me.”
The MLA claimed that the next day he had staged a protest outside the police station and the SP had to remove the erring S-I and the SO.
Ajay Kumar had first contested the 2007 Assembly election as an Independent candidate and had lost. He had been student union president of Sewarahi Kisan PG College.
Ajay Kumar had first contested 2007 assembly election as an Independent candidate and had lost. He had also been student union president of Sewarahi Kisan PG College.