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RTI case unearths 'fugitive' tag on mayor

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By Gautam Sarkar in Bhagalpur
  • Published 30.03.15

Evidence collected by an RTI activist-cum-lawyer Dinesh Kumar Singh suggests that city mayor Dipak Kumar Bhubania, belonging to the ruling JDU, had been convicted by a local court 22 years ago.

A permanent (red) warrant in his name is waiting execution. However, Bhubania contested the civic polls in 2012 and became mayor after being elected as a ward councillor. In his declaration papers, Bhubania allegedly hid that he was declared a fugitive in the court of law.

Bhubania also allegedly used political influence to get the supervision report of the inspector-general of police, Bhagalpur range, set aside. The report had directed execution of another warrant against Bhubania in the 2006 Dibesh Singh murder case.

In the Om Baba murder case, police suspected Bhubania's role in tampering proof.

On January 30, 2013, RTI activist Singh had filed an application, seeking a certified copy of the case in which Bhubania was declared fugitive.

On March 27 this year, Singh obtained information from the court filing a petition of information before the registrar, civil court, Bhagalpur. "The reply said Bhubania was declared absconder on 16 July, 2009 by the court of the sub-divisional judicial magistrate, Bhagalpur, and a permanent warrant was sent to the office of the superintendent of police on September 25, 2009," said Singh.

Senior superintendent of police Vivek Kumar said: "After searching old records, I will take steps." When contacted, Bhubania denied facing any such charges.