BJP slams Nitish govt move to drop case against Lalu, sons


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BJP slams Nitish govt move to drop case against Lalu, sons

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A Patna district court on Wednesday accepted the Bihar government’s application to withdraw a bandh case against RJD chief Lalu Prasad, Deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Road Construction Minister Tej Pratap Yadav and 262 other RJD functionaries. The BJP slammed the Nitish Kumar government, alleging that it buckled under RJD pressure as it is the senior partner in the ruling coalition.

The case, lodged at Patna’s Kotwali police station, pertained to a bandh called by RJD on July 27, 2015 to protest against Centre not releasing the caste census report. The case was lodged under IPC sections of 147 (rioting), 148 (unlawful assembly), 323 (causing hurt voluntarily), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 353 (stopping public servants from doing their duty). Kotwali police had filed a chargesheet in the local court against the 265 accused on October 13, following which the court had summoned the accused. Police said they had made a strong case.

BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi alleged that the state government’s move to withdraw the case suggested “selective treatment” for the “big family”.

“I do not remember any instance of the state government taking back cases against political workers since withdrawal of cases against people who took part in the JP Movement. The Nitish Kumar government has been working under pressure from ‘Super CM’ Lalu Prasad and chose to withdraw the only FIR in which Lalu and his sons were named. But what about 23 other cases filed on the same day on similar charges?”

Modi said the RJD bandh had invited Patna High Court’s displeasure as three of its judges were caught in traffic because of the protests. The high court had summoned the state chief secretary to explain the government’s position on the bandh, he said. At that point, RJD had been supporting the Nitish Kumar government from outside. But, the state had come hard on the disruption and damage of public properties during the rallies.



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