The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to RJD leader Rajballabh Yadav on Bihar government’s petition seeking cancellation of his bail in a rape case.
Yadav, accused of raping a minor girl in February this year, was granted bail by the Patna high court last week. Within days of his release, the Bihar government moved the apex court. He had surrendered in March before a local court in Bihar Sharif in Nalanda.
A bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice NV Ramana directed Yadav to submit his response by October 17, the next date of hearing. It, however, refused to stay the Patna HC order.
Bihar government counsel Gopal Singh sought direction to put Yadav back in jail on the ground that the statement of the alleged victim was being recorded in a trial court. He had said that Patna HC erred in granting bail to Yadav in the case.
In the chargesheet, Bihar police has also named a woman and her relatives as accused on the grounds of allegedly ‘supplying women’ to the suspended RJD MLA.
Yadav was suspended from the party on February 14, a day after his arrest warrant was issued.
Following his release on bail, the opposition parties led by BJP had accused the Nitish government of facilitating the relief.