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Bihar votes today, Jha in custody

Shillong, April 29: When the electorate of Jhanjharpur parliamentary constituency in Bihar cast their votes tomorrow to elect their representative to the Lok Sabha, one of the nominees would be languishing in police custody in Meghalaya.

Chandra Mohan Jha, who is contesting as one of the many Independent candidates from the constituency, is under custody ever since his arrest.

Jha, also the chancellor of CMJ University here, was arrested on April 22 from Godhanpur Chowk in Madhubani district of Bihar while he was reportedly canvassing for votes. He was arrested in connection with the affairs of the private university.

On April 24, when Jha was brought to the state capital, the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate remanded the CMJ University chancellor in police custody for 10 days.

Sources said yesterday, Jhaís legal team had approached the court with an application to reduce the police custody from 10 to five days.

However, it is learnt that public prosecutor I.C. Jha opposed the application tooth and nail.

After the court had gone through the submissions made by the prosecution and defence, it opined that the custody term could not be reduced.