A court here today gave a 30-day ultimatum to absconding RJD MLA Raj Ballabh Yadav to surrender in a case of alleged rape and directed the police to attach his properties if he fails to give himself up within that time. Hearing an application of Nalanda police under CRPC sections 82 (provision regarding publishing notice for appearance of persons who are absconding) and 83 (attachment of property of person absconding) against the RJD MLA, Additional District Judge Rashmi Sikha granted the permission to paste a notice of property attachment but gave 30 days time to Yadav to give himself up failing which the property attachment would be executed. Yadav has been on the run for nearly two weeks in a case of alleged rape of a minor girl. The same court had on Saturday last rejected the anticipatory bail application of the MLA in the case.
Yadav is MLA from Nawada and also served as a minister in erstwhile Rabri Devi government. Arguing for the absconding MLA, his lawyer sought time to approach the Patna High Court for preventing the property attachment plea of the police. The MLA had been accused by a 15-year-old class ten student of raping her on February 9 at his residence in Biharsharif after a woman, who is her neighbour, lured her to Yadavs home in the name of birthday party and handed her to him after charging Rs 30,000. With the incident bringing bad name for the RJD-JD(U) allaince government in the state, Lalu Prasads party suspended the MLA. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav has asked the absconding MLA to surrender himself before the law. He said police were in hot chase of Yadav but it would be good on his part to surrender. JD(U) spokesman Neeraj Kumar said the law will definitely catch up with Yadav.
( Source – PTI )