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Nitish under pressure to drop law minister


PATNA : A section of JD(U) legislators have demanded the dismissal of the law and public health engineering department minister, Krishna Nandan Verma, on charges of involvement in the recruitment of ANMs by recommending names of some candidates to the secretary of the Bihar state Staff Selection Commission.

Verma’s name figures in the investigation report prepared by the Special Investigation Team of Patna police probing the recruitment scam. Commission chairman Sudhir Kumar, an IAS of 1987 batch, and Parmeshwar Ram are among 30 people arrested in the scam and are lodged in Beur central jail.

Verma was elected to the state assembly on the JD(U) symbol. Verma admitted having made recommendations by sending SMSs after the call detail records were published in newspapers.

At the legislature party meeting, senior party legislators pressed the chief minister to sack Verma and maintain his image of not compromising on corruption. Nitish, too, had said at the meeting, “I will not implicate any innocent person nor exonerate anyone if found involved.”

Last week, Nitish challenged the opposition to name ministers allegedly involved in the scam. Since the name of the minister was disclosed by the SIT chief, JDU legislators are demanding Verma’s sacking.

This will help the chief minister to seek the resignation of the co-operative minister, Alok Mehta, who too had made recommendations to the commission secretary with roll numbers of his favourite candidates.