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Wednesday , May 23 , 2012
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High court reserves order on Baba plea

Patna, May 22: Patna High Court today reserved its order on a petition filed by Nirmal Baba, a self-proclaimed godman, seeking quashing of a non-bailable warrant issued against him by an Araria court.

Baba’s counsel Vindhyachal Prasad Singh argued that the warrant was not sustainable because no notice or summon was served on his client before its issuance. Baba has already submitted an anticipatory bail plea before an Araria district court, Singh added.

The court of Araria chief judicial magistrate issued the non-bailable warrant against Baba last Saturday on the basis of an FIR lodged by one Rakesh Singh on April 21.

In the FIR, Rakesh had charged Baba with cheating and fraud. He claimed that the godman forced him to pay Rs 1,000 in three instalments promising fame and fortune. Rakesh claimed that he suffered financial loss and mental agony after following Baba’s advice.

PIL against minister

A social worker, Arvind Kumar Sinha, on Tuesday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) against land reforms minister Ramai Ram at Patna High Court.

The PIL will be taken up for hearing on Wednesday in the court of Justice Samrendra Pratap Singh.

Sinha, in his PIL, claimed that Anandi Paswan, a domestic help at Ramai’s house, was hit by a cow reared by the minister on April 9. Paswan, instead of arranging medical facility for the help, sent the latter to his village Musahari.

The PIL has sought an inquiry into the matter.