New Delhi, Nov 24 (UNI) The Supreme Court will hear tomorrow a petition filed by Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, his wife and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi and CBI challenging the locus standi of Bihar government in challenging the trial court order acquitting him wife in a Disproportionate Assets case.
The Nitish Kumar government had challenged the order of the trial court when CBI the investigating agency in the case), decided not to file an appeal against the order of the Income Tax Tribunal.
According to Lalu Prasad and CBI, the Nitish government has no locus standi to challenge the order of acquital and it is only CBI which is competent to challenge the order of acquital.
However, the stand of the state government is that since the money defalcated in 'fodder scam' belong to the people of Bihar, state government is fully competent to take steps to ensure that the culprits do not get away with their illegal acts.
Patna High Court, where the trial court order was challenged by the state government, has admitted the appeal of the state government and had refused to hear the objections of Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi.
Both the politicians have filed appeal in the apex court against the decision of the High Court. The CBI has also filed an appeal against High Court order in support of RJD leader.
A bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan will hear the arguments tomorrow.
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