Muzaffarpur: A Bihar court today issued
fresh summons to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi
and LJP President Ramvilas Paswan directing them to appear
before it in person on September 5 in a case in which they are
accused of damaging public property.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Ramesh Malviya while issuing
the summons said the three leaders should treat it as their
last opportunity for their appearance in person before the
court in a case charging them with causing destruction to
public property during the state-wide bandh on January 6.
The CJM also refused to grant them exemption from their
personal appearance as pleaded by their counsel on the
ground of hectic schedule.
Malviya had on June 17 taken cognisance of a complaint
filed by senior advocate Sudhir Ojha, who had alleged that
widespread destruction was caused to public property during
the shutdown against price rise called by these leaders in
Muzaffarpur and elsewhere, and asked the three leaders to
represent their respective sides on the complaint on July 27.
The three leaders, through their lawyer, petitioned the
court that they be exempted from personal appearance because
of busy schedule and their lawyers be allowed to represent
their sides in the court forthwith.
Ojha, in his complaint filed on January 24, had also
alleged that RJD-LJP activists took law into their hands and
misbehaved with him while enforcing the bandh.