Patna, Nov. 2: Incarcerated former MLA Vijay Kumar Shukla courted controversy today by reportedly distributing promotional material for the JD(U)’s Adhikar Rally even as the furore continued over alleged extortion charges against him.
Vijay Kumar Shukla, also known as Munna Shukla, was brought to Muzaffarpur civil court on Friday to be presented in a murder case. Sources said as soon as he stepped out of the prisoners’ van around noon, hundreds of his supporters surrounded.
The politician, cooling his heels at present at Shaheed Khudiram Bose Central Jail after his conviction in the murder of Bihar minister Brij Bihari Singh, was overwhelmed by the display of solidarity and started to distribute Adhikar Rally pamphlets, provided to him by a supporter, on the court premises.
The pamphlets had his name (with the honorific Dr reminding all of his PhD), phone numbers and addresses of his two houses at Nayatola in Muzaffarpur and Khanjahanchak in Vaishali.
The pamphlets read: “Aap sabhi buzurg aur naujawano se appeal hain ki gadi-savari ke saath Patna jayen aur Adhikar rally ko safal banaye (I appeal to all — old and young — to reach Patna to make the Adhikar Rally a grand success).”
He also addressed journalists and refuted the allegation of extortion calls levelled against him by Sant Lal Yadav, director (human resource), Patna Sahib Group of Colleges, Bhagwanpur, Vaishali. “If he received extortion calls, why did he not go to a police station but to the house of politicians,” said Shukla, referring to Yadav’s visit to RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s residence in Patna.
Shukla, who had been brought to court as an accused in the 2002 murder of Siwan resident Ajay Kumar, said: “I never called anyone from jail. It is a part of a conspiracy to sully my image.”
His counsel Dharmendra Kumar said Shukla had been brought to court though the judge of fast-track court V, where the case was being heard, was on leave. The incarcerated politician was presented in the court of Vashishtha Prasad Singh today.
Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rajesh Kumar suspended six policemen, including sub-inspector Awadesh Singh. “Five constables deployed to escort Shukla from the central jail to the court and a sub-inspector deputed at the court, have been put under suspension for dereliction of duty,” he said.
The decision was taken after the police officer saw the video of Shukla distributing pamphlets.