New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday cancelled the bail of Rashtriya Janata Dal MLA Raj Ballabh Yadav, who was accused of raping a minor girl.
#FLASH: Supreme Court rejects the bail plea of RJD MLA Rajballabh Yadav in a rape case
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A bench of Justices AK Sikri and Abhay Manohar Sapre asked whether Yadav was already "released" following the bail granted by Patna High Court earlier. When the apex court was informed that he was not released, the bench said: "Let him remain in jail."
The court order came as it allowed the Bihar government's plea challenging the bail.
The girl, a resident of Rahui in Nalanda, was allegedly raped by Raj Ballabh on 6 February at his Bihar Sharif residence, around 70 km from Patna. The Times of India reported that the Nalanda police had filed an FIR only in April and Raj Ballabh was named as the key accused. The police chargesheet also names a woman and her relatives for allegedly supplying girls to the RJD lawmaker. RJD then suspended the accused from party membership a day after his arrest.
Ahead of the hearing against his bail plea in the Supreme Court, Raj Ballabh called upon Lalu Prasad Yadav in October, saying that he had no grudge against the state government. He also maintained that there was no serious charge against him and "no FIR or statement of the victim under 164 CRPC against me".
The third term RJD MLA was suspended from the party in the wake of the rape allegation against him.
The minor girl, however, expressed concern for her and her family's safety, as the Bihar government in October appealed against the bail order in the Supreme Court. "He [Yadav] is out of jail... I am scared and afraid for my family. What will happen to them? I am already dead after what happened to me. I have nothing more to lose," said the Nalanda schoolgirl in a WhatsApp message to reporters.
The Supreme Court on 24 October rejected a plea by Raj Ballabh to remain outside Bihar, favouring that the RJD legislator should remain in jail till the victim records her statement "fairly and without any fear".
With inputs from agencies