Lalu to appeal in high court, family alleges conspiracy

RANCHI: RJD chief Lalu Prasad will appeal in the Jharkhand high court against his arrest in the Bihar fodder scam case, his family said on Monday and alleged he had fallen victim to “conspiracy” by his rivals.

“We’ll appeal in the high court. We have full faith in the judiciary,” Prasad’s son Tejeswi Yadav told reporters in Ranchi.

“It’s a conspiracy and we’ll also go to the people’s court and answer those elements, who have targeted our leader, in the upcoming election,” he said.

In Patna, Prasad’s wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi said they do not accept him as guilty and she and her son would run the party in his absence “as Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are guiding the Congress”.

“We do not accept him (Prasad) as guilty,” Rabri, who remained inside her official residence at 10 Circular Road in the Bihar capital throughout the day told a section of the media a little after the CBI court at Ranchi delivered its verdict.

The gates of her residence, which is only a stone’s throw from that of chief minister Nitish Kumar, were closed since morning and the house wore a deserted look.

“We will go to “janata ki adalat” (people’s court) to seek justice for the RJD president,” she said adding her husband had fallen victim to ‘opposition conspiracy’. CBI and police searched our house, in-law’s house and other places. But did they find any money earned out of fodder scam? she said.

“Does a chief minister draw any money from treasury? Is it not done by officials? … A chief minister gets the budget passed in the assembly and does not himself withdraw from the treasury,” Rabri Devi added, who had replaced Prasad as CM in 1997 when he relinquished the post before going to jail in the fodder scam case.

She had served as the chief minister again from 1999 for about a year and then again from 2000-2005.

She, however, refused to name the “conspirators” saying, “everybody knows them”.

“Leaders like Nitish Kumar and Shivanand Tiwari are in seats of power despite indulging in corruption,” Rabri Devi, now an MLC, alleged.

Senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad said the party would always be with Prasad.

The special CBI court of Pravas Kumar Singh has set October three to pronounce the quantum of sentence to the former Bihar chief minister who faces a maximum of 10 years in jail.