An arrest warrant was issued against RJD MLA Raj Ballabh Yadav, after a minor girl filed a complaint of abduction and rape against him on Saturday.
Medical examination of the victim confirms sexual assault.
The warrant was issued after police found the charges leveled against Yadav, a political heavyweight with a criminal record, to be true during preliminary investigations, said DIG (Patna Range) Shalin. The lawmaker is reportedly on the run.
“Police have begun investigation in the case and action would be taken against Yadav on the basis of the victim’s statement. She has identified the place (where she was raped) and him (Yadav),” Shalin said.
The rape case has come as an embarrassment for the RJD, an ally in the ruling political combine, as the lawmaker is considered close to the party’s top brass, including Lalu Prasad Yadav.
According to the FIR filed on February 6, the victim was taken by three women, including one identified as Sulekha Devi, to a house in Nawada via Bakhtiarpur where she was raped by Yadav.
The next day, the victim was threatened with dire consequences before being sent back to Biharsharief, where she studies.
The victim informed her parents, who in turn filed a complaint with the women’s police station.
(With input from agencies)