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Bihar Education Minister Mewalal Choudhary resigns 3 days after taking oath amid corruption allegations

According to reports, Mewalal Choudhary was accused of irregularities at the Bihar Agriculture University (BAU) in Bhagalpur when he was its Vice-Chancellor.

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New Delhi Updated on: November 20, 2020 9:32 IST
Bihar education minister, Mewa Lal choudhary
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Bihar Education Minister Mewalal Choudhary resigns over corruption allegations. 

Just three days after taking the oath, Bihar Education Minister Mewalal Choudhary on Thursday resigned amid corruption allegations levelled against him.  "An accusation is proven only when a charge sheet is filed or a court gives an order and none of the two is there to prove the allegations against me," Chaudhary told reporters. Following Mewalal Chaudhary's resignation, Building Construction minister Ashok Chaudhary has been given the additional charge of the education ministry.

Mewalal Chaudhary had been facing severe criticism from the RJD-led opposition ever since he took oath as minister earlier this week. Tejashwi Yadav's party posted a series of tweets pointing that the lawmaker, who won from the Tarapur constituency, was expelled from the Janata Dal-United in 2017 over corruption charges. He was re-inducted in the party later.

"The corrupt JDU MLA Mewalal has been given a ministerial position by Nitish Kumar. This is the double standard of Nitish Kumar," the RJD said in a tweet.

According to reports, Mewalal Choudhary was accused of irregularities at the Bihar Agriculture University (BAU) in Bhagalpur when he was its Vice-Chancellor.

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In 2016, Mewalal Chaudhary, who was then the Vice-Chancellor of Sabaur Agricultural University in Bhagalpur, was accused of irregularities in appointments. Chaudhary, who was considered close to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, was accused of wrongly reinstating 161 assistant professors while he was the Vice-Chancellor. A case was also registered against him in the matter.

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