There may be another political row brewing in Bihar with the Supreme Court reserving order on the state government plea seeking cancellation of the bail to suspended RJD MLA Raj Ballabh Yadav in a rape case of a minor girl.
A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice A.M. Sapre reserved order in the matter holding that Yadav should remain outside Bihar till the completion of the trial in the case.
The court had on November 8 ordered Yadav to surrender before the trial court and suspended an order of the Patna High Court granting him bail. It also directed the trial court to record the statement of the minor rape survivor within two weeks.
Earlier, in the Shahabuddin case too, the ruling Mahagadbandhan of the state (Grand Alliance) faced a showdown between Lalu Prasad and chief minister Nitish Kumar, who survived Lalu’s ire. However, in this instant case, Lalu had suspended his accused MLA from the party itself.
The accused Bihar legislator, Yadav, had allegedly raped the minor girl at his residence in Biharsharif in February and successfully evaded arrest for some time. But he surrendered after a local court issued proclamation notice and an order to attach his properties for not surrendering before the police.
Lalu Prasad suspended him from his party and the state government submitted before the court that the rape survivor may be threatened by the lawmaker, once he is out on bail. At this, the top court directed that the trial court should not record the statement of the victim and the Bihar police had already stated that a woman (name not given) and her relatives were supplying women to the lawmaker representing the Nawada assembly constituency.
The RJD is said to be a party of criminals and goondas, but Lalu is the remote control of the ruling Grand Alliance in the state with more number of legislators than chief minister Nitish Kumar’s political party Janata Dal (United).
With this new development in the Ballabh Yadav case, there may not be much but it would only expose Lalu’s party to the advantage of Nitish Kumar in the state political equation.