"A case has been registered against Sharad Yadav in Airport Police station under SC/ST (Prevention of atrocities) Act on the direction of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court," Senior Superintendent of Police Patna Jitendra Rana said.

Rana said the case was registered on Tuesday night on order of Patna Chief Judicial Magistrate Bharat Singh, who had summoned the police to his court.

Lok Janshakti Party state general secretary Vishnu Paswan had on December 3 last year filed a case against JD(U) president Sharad Yadav in the CJM court here under SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act.

He alleged that Sharad's comments at Kanpur on December 2 last year about the educational and political qualification of chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi hurt the sentiments of Dalits and people of Musahar castes. He had also filed a complaint with the Harijan police station at Boring Road.

Paswan said the JD(U) president had described Manjhi as a "musahar" (rat eaters) who never went to a school.

"How can he become the CM as he has not seen books and school," Sharad had said in Kanpur.

The Patna SSP said the police would proceed in accordance with laid down rules in the case.

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