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Giriraj pledges surrender

Senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh could surrender on Thursday in connection with a non-bailable arrest warrant issued against him by a Bokaro court for his alleged inflammatory speech during an election meeting in the neighbouring state last week.

Giriraj, a staunch supporter of the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, on Wednesday said: “I have a high regard for the judiciary and I shall abide by its order.” But he refused to disclose the time and the place he would surrender apprehending arrest.

Trashing the reports that he went into a hiding soon after the cases (two each in Jharkhand and Bihar) were lodged against him for his “hatred” speeches during the election meetings in Jharkhand and Bihar last week, Giriraj told The Telegraph before hanging up: “Mein pith dikhane wala aadmi nahi hun (I am not a man to turn my back on).”

Giriraj, who is contesting the general election from the Nawada parliamentary constituency, had earlier defended himself and claimed that he had not violated the Election Commission’s model code of conduct.

City superintendent of police (Patna) Jayant Kant said the Patna police would extend all possible help to the Jharkhand police in connection with the cases against Giriraj.

Kant claimed that he had not received any official communiqué about the visit of the Bokaro police team. “We have learnt from the media that a police team from Bokaro in Jharkhand has left for Patna. We are not aware of the sections slapped on the accused,” an officer posted at the City SP’s office told The Telegraph.

Earlier in the day, Bokaro sub-divisional judicial magistrate Amit Shekhar issued the warrant against the BJP leader for his alleged remarks that those opposing Narendra Modi should go to Pakistan.

A complaint case was also lodged against Giriraj and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia on Wednesday in the court of the chief judicial magistrate of Muzaffarpur for spreading hatred in the society.