18. Dec, 2006.
Assets case: CBI court acquits Lalu, Rabri
PATNA: Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on Monday won a major legal battle when he and his wife, former Bihar chief minister, Rabri Devi, were acquitted in the disproportionate assets case against them.
Lalu and his wife were present when the CBI Judge Muni Lal Paswan pronounced the verdict in a jam-packed court here, sending their supporters outside into a frenzied jubilation.
The case in which the Railway Minister was accused of amassing property worth Rs 46 lakhs above his known source of income between 1990 and 1997 as Bihar chief minister was an offshoot of the infamous Fodder Scam. Rabri Devi was accused of abetting her husband.
PATNA: CBI, probing the multi-crore fodder scam cases, may appeal against Monday's order of the special court acquitting Railway minister Lalu Prasad and his wife, former chief minister Rabri Devi in a disproportionate assets case.
"We may go to the High Court in appeal against the acquittal of Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi," special CBI prosecutor L R Ansari said soon after the judgement was pronounced in a jam-packed courtroom.
He, however, said the authority to take final decision on whether to go in appeal was with the CBI headquarters.
"We will go through the detailed order and give our comments before the matter is forwarded to the CBI headquarter for a final decision on appeal," he said, adding the prosecuting agency had not yet received the order.
PATNA: Thankful for the "divine intervention" leading to his acquittal and that of his wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi, a grateful Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Monday said, "judiciary is like god to me."
"God is great and so is judiciary. It (judiciary) is like god to me," a visibly relieved duo told reporters at Rabri Devi's residence 10, Circular Road.
Lalu said, "I am thankful to god that truth has finally prevailed despite long years of our trial by the media and the rival parties. I always had great faith in the judiciary."
"I am happy, very happy indeed that justice has finally been done to us," said Rabri Devi sporting a broad smile.
Asked whether he felt relaxed now that the court had given its verdict in their favour, Lalu said "this is one thing that is not in my destiny."
Several RJD ministers in the central government including Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Kanti Singh and Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav and several party MLAs and senior workers were present.
Kanti Devi was seen exchanging sweets with Rabri Devi.
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