Delhi Court slaps fine on Modi, RJD demnads dismissal

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Patna, May 31 (UNI) RJD today asked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to sack deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi as he had been slapped a fine of Rs one lakh by a court in Delhi for his unsavoury remarks against noted economist Mohan Guruswami.

National spokesman of the party Shyam Rajak told newspersons here that Mr Kumar should immediately sack Mr Modi as he was found guilty by a court in Delhi for making remarks against Mr Guruswami, who was also the advisor to the union finance minister during Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee's regime.

'' How can a person continue to remain a minister despite being found guilty by a court and was also slapped a fine?'' Mr Rajak said, adding it was unconstitutional to allow such a person to continue as minister in a democratically-elected government.

In an article, Mr Guruswami had alleged that injustice was meted out to Bihar by the erstwhile NDA government as the state was given only Rs 4047.30 crore as central aid while Andhra Pradesh had been granted Rs 9790 crore during 2000-2002.

Mr Guruswami had pointed out that Bihar, being a backward state with a vast population living below the Below Poverty Line deserved more central aid but it was denied by the Vajpayee government.

Mr Modi had castigated Mr Guruswami and passed unsavoury remark against him for observation in the article putting the then Vajpayee government in the dock on Central aid to Bihar. Later, Mr Guruswami had lodged a case in the court of Metropolitan magistrate which found Mr Modi guilty and slapped a fine for his offence.

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