43-year-old Nihalchand, who has been shifted from Chemicals and Fertilizers to Panchayati Raj, has been summoned by a court in Jaipur. However, Rajasthan police were in dilemma regarding Nihalchand's next move.
Rajasthan Police sources claimed that they don't know whether the union minister will show up on Wednesday, Nov 12 at a court in Jaipur that has summoned him in connection with the rape case. [Read: Nihalchand Meghwal refuses to resign over rape charge]
However, the minister himself claimed that he was unaware of any court summon as he did not receive any court order from Rajasthan. Meanwhile, the state police informed that they had failed to deliver the court summon as the minister does not stay in in his constituency Ganganagar. Nihalchand stays in Delhi.
Rape case against Nihalchand:
A woman had filed the case against Nihalchand and other 16 people. Rajasthan Police in 2012 had dismissed the case. The woman later moved the court which had issued summon to the minister. [Read: Act against Nihalchand Meghwal: Rape victim appeals to PM Narendra Modi]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government at the centre has been facing criticism for Nihalchand's induction in the government. Despite facing criticism, Modi government did not drop him from the list.
While defending Nihalchand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused previous Congress government of Rajasthan of framing Nihalchand in the rape case. The BJP also asserted that Rajasthan Police did not name him as a suspect in the case.
Congress's criticism against BJP minister:
However, Congress refused to go the case unnoticed. The party claimed that Nihalchand must be sacked as BJP minister. Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Tuesday, Nov 11 turned to micro-blogging site Twitter and tweeted, Missing Minister of GOI ! Modi must respond. How can Rajasthan Govt claim that a Minister in GOI can't be traced ? Good Governance Mr Modi?"
Now it will be interesting to see whether Nihalchand responds to court summon on Wednesday. However, sources in Raisinghnagar, the minister's hometown, informed that he may not appear in the Jaipur court on Wednesday.