Giriraj to surrender before court

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014 16:56 hrs

Facing arrest for his controversial statements, senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh on Wednesday said he will surrender before the court on Thursday but did not say whether he would do so in Jharkhand or Bihar.

“I will surrender before court tomorrow... I have respect for law, judiciary and the Election Commission,” he said.

When asked where he will surrender, Giriraj answered, “I will not reveal where I will surrender.”

Three FIRs — two at Deogarh and Bokaro in Jharkhand and one in Patna — were lodged against him at the behest of the Election Commission, which has barred him from campaigning in the two States in the wake of his April 18, 2014 remarks that those opposing BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi belong in Pakistan, and that the Centre was giving subsidy for export of beef while taxing those who reared cows.

The third FIR was lodged at the Airport police station in Patna two days ago for repeating the same remarks publicly on April 20. Patna district administration had issued notice to Mr. Singh and sought his reply within 24 hours, which he did after expiry of the deadline.

The city police have confirmed that a police team from Jharkhand led by an officer of the rank of deputy superintendent of police is on its way to Patna to arrest Mr. Singh in compliance with a non-bailable warrant issued by a court there.

“We will extend all cooperation to them (Jharkhand police),” Patna SP Jayant Kant said.

Mr. Singh said he was aware that a police team from Jharkhand armed with arrest warrant against him had left for Patna.

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