NDA targets Lalu party

The issuance of contempt of court notices to RJD leaders by a CBI court in Ranchi on Wednesday has given fresh ammo to the ruling coalition to attack the Opposition party whose chief Lalu Prasad is already behind bars after being convicted in a fodder scam case.

By Sanjeev Kumar Verma in Patna
  • Published 4.01.18
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An RJD leader with an Ambassador labelled Lalu Rath carrying the party symbol outside Birsa Munda Central Jail where Lalu is lodged. Picture by Prashant Mitra

Patna: The issuance of contempt of court notices to RJD leaders by a CBI court in Ranchi on Wednesday has given fresh ammo to the ruling coalition to attack the Opposition party whose chief Lalu Prasad is already behind bars after being convicted in a fodder scam case.

The special CBI court in Ranchi has served contempt notices to RJD and Congress leaders for criticising the December 23 conviction of RJD chief Lalu Prasad in the fodder case. CBI judge Shiv Pal Singh directed RJD leaders Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Shivanand Tiwari and Lalu Prasad's younger son and leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav and Congress leader Manish Tewari to personally appear before the court on January 23.

The leaders had allegedly criticised the court judgment and tried to give a caste colour to the verdict.

The lead was taken by JDU secretary-general K.C. Tyagi, who termed the stand of the RJD leaders as something that had never taken place in the country as far as any judicial verdict was concerned.

"These leaders tried to give a caste colour to a judgment and we welcome the decision of the court," Tyagi told The Telegraph while reacting to the contempt notices given to RJD and Congress leaders.

Tyagi said it didn't look good when leaders like Raghuvansh Singh and Tejashwi Yadav's stature come up with such statements.

The JDU functionary maintained that the RJD leaders should realise that Bihar has changed for the better and in the era of instant news and social media, they could not take people for granted. "We strongly condemn the statements made by RJD leaders," he added.

Senior BJP leader and health minister Mangal Pandey was more vociferous in his attack and maintained that RJD leaders tried to create an environment against the court. "This was like putting a question mark on the constitutional set-up of the country in which the judiciary has been given complete independence," he said.

Adding to the discomfiture of the RJD leaders, Pandey said that as a citizen of India, he would urge the court to give such a judgment in the contempt case that nobody could dare to attack the constitutional set-up of the country.

Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi took to Twitter to attack the RJD. "Ever since the probe begun into the fodder scam on the directive of Patna High Court, several people have been convicted under different sections and many others have been acquitted, but why are the supporters of Lalu Prasad accusing the judiciary of being casteist? People who tarnished the legislature by their acts of corruption are trying to create mistrust about the judiciary," read the rough English translation of Modi's tweet in Hindi.