HC admits Govt's petition against Lalu-Rabri in DA case

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Patna, Mar 20: Patna High Court today admitted Bihar government's petition challenging Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi's acquittal from a lower court in Disproportionate Assets (DA) case, an offshoot of the multi-crore fodder scam.

Justice R K Dutta accepted the petition after hearing arguments, and ordered the lower court to produce the records related to the case to High Court.

Earlier, Patna HC had reserved its order on admission of state government's appeal challenging the acquittal after hearing arguments on the petition.

Appearing for the state government, senior advocate Surender Singh said that order of the lower court was not based on the basis of evidences presented by the CBI rather was influenced by order of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT).

While, senior advocate of the Supreme Court Ram Jethmalani had appeared for Mr Prasad and former chief minister Rabri Devi before the court arguing the decision of the lower court based on ITAT order was as per the law.

The CBI had registered the case against Mr Prasad on August 19, 1998.

The investigating agency had charged the Railway Minister with amassing property worth Rs 42 lakh disproportionate to his known sources of income during 1990-97.

UNI

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