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Giriraj gets bail, slams EC for ‘bias’

Bokaro, May 13: Senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh from Bihar today launched a scathing attack on the Election Commission, soon after a Bokaro court granted him bail in a case related to a hate speech during campaigns on April 18.

The Nawada Lok Sabha candidate this morning surrendered in the court of Bokaro sub-judicial magistrate A. Shekhar, who released him on a personal bail bond of Rs 20,000.

The relief comes after Jharkhand High Court on May 2 granted anticipatory bail to the BJP leader in the case lodged by Chas BDO Ram Naresh Soni, deputy election officer of Bokaro, at Sector IX police station on April 21.

The FIR was filed on the basis of video footage of a public meeting where he had made provocative statements, including one in which he alleged critics of Narendra Modi were pro-Pakistan.

This evening, addressing a news conference at the residence of Dhanbad’s sitting MP P.N. Singh at Sector-I here, Singh slammed the EC, accusing the poll panel of being biased against the BJP.

“When BJP leaders spoke the truth, the panel had problems and they were accused of violating the EC rules. But when Rahul Gandhi visited polling booths, which was shown on TV, EC turned a blind eye to it,” Singh alleged.

Singh further said the commission failed to take action against National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan after their inflammatory comments against a particular community.

Targeting the Bihar chief minister, Singh said Nitish Kumar was dreaming of leading a third front to capture the top post.

“His over ambition may cost him the chief minister’s chair. The BJP will not try to topple the government. It will collapse on its own as several JD(U) MLAs want to leave the party,” he claimed.