New Delhi, March 31: A Bhagalpur court on Saturday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Union Minister Ashwini Choubey’s son Arijit Shashwat in Bhagalpur communal violence case. Additional District and Session Judge Kumud Ranjan Singh, officiating as District Judge rejected the anticipatory bail petition of Shashwat after hearing arguments of his counsel and that of prosecution.

On March 26,  Shashwat had moved an anticipatory bail application against the arrest warrant issued against him. Shashwat has been named, along with eight others, in an FIR lodged in connection with a clash in the Nathnagar police station area of Bhagalpur district on March 17.

Violence had erupted after people belonging to minority community objected to loud music being played during a procession taken out on the occasion of the new year as per the Hindu calendar. The procession was being led by Shashwat.

Earlier in the day, Choubey had accused the RJD and Congress of trying to flare up “riots” in Bihar and said the NDA governments at the Centre and in the state would take stern action against such attempts.

“We will defeat the intention of the RJD and Congress to instigate riots. The conspirators wanted to cause riots, but no one dared to do so and we have kept Bihar under control. The Bihar government and the Centre will together defeat the attempts to disturb harmony in the state,” the minister had said.

(With agency inputs)