A district court in Patna today closed a case against RJD President Lalu Prasad. The case is related to an FIR registered against him during 2014 Lok Sabha elections, on the plea of the state government.
The case was registered against the RJD chief on April 5, 2014 on the basis of the statement of Circle Officer of Phulwarisharif Sunita Prasad in connection with preventing a photographer deployed by her to shoot the roadshow of Prasad during campaign in Patliputra Lok Sabha seat.
Prasad’s eldest daughter Misa Bharti had unsuccessfully contested from Patliputra seat in 2014 general election. She had lost to Union Minister of state for Drinking Water Ramkripal Yadav.
The FIR was registered against Prasad under section 171 F (punishment for undue influence or personation at an election), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public function) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of IPC.
The charge sheet was filed in the case on May 27, 2015.
The Public Prosecutor pleaded with Judicial Magistrate Gayatri Kumari for closure of the case, which was accepted by the court.
Today’s order to close a case against the RJD chief came close on heels of state government withdrawing a case against him, his two minister-sons and others for alleged vandalism and stopping government officials during an RJD-sponsored bandh last year.
On January 19 last, the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court of Patna had accepted the plea of government lawyer for withdrawal of the case against 262 RJD leaders including Lalu Prasad, his sons Tejaswi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav besides state party chief Ramchandra Purve related to charges of vandalism during RJD state level bandh on July 27, 2015.
Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi had asked whether the step was not tantamount to defamation of the Patna High Court which is separately hearing a case in connection with RJD bandh. The case would come up in the HC on February 1 next.