Court rejects bail plea of RJD legislator

Patna, May 9 (IANS) A Bihar court on Monday rejected the bail plea of jailed RJD legislator Raj Ballabh Yadav, accused of raping a schoolgirl, police said.

A court in Biharsharief, the district headquarters of Nalanda, rejected the bail plea of Yadav on the ground that he would influence the probe if he got bail, a district police official said.

Police in Nalanda filed a 205-page chargesheet last month against Yadav and other accused in the rape of the minor girl in February in Biharsharief.

Police said they have appealed to the court for speedy trial. The main accused, Yadav surrendered in the court on March 10.

Yadav was absconding for many days after the victim filed a police complaint accusing him of raping her. While on the run, he was petitioning courts to give him anticipatory bail.

Earlier, the legislator’s two houses, one each in Nawada and Patna, were attached in compliance with a court order.

Yadav’s 13 bank accounts have been sealed. The police also said it has started the process of auctioning his plots at different places. The licences of his three firearms have been suspended.

According to police, a woman, Sulekha Devi, took the girl to an undisclosed location in Nalanda and forced her to have liquor, after which she was raped by a man, later identified as Yadav.

After she was raped, the girl said the woman gave her Rs.30,000.

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