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Bail for Gaya road rage accused draws flak, forces govt into damage control

patna Updated: Oct 20, 2016 18:22 IST
Vijay Swaroop
Vijay Swaroop
Hindustan Times
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Rocky Yadav, left, who was arrested in May for shooting a college student in Bihar in a case of road rage, was granted bail by the Patna high court on Wednesday. (Rajesh Kumar/ HT File Photo)

The release of Gaya road rage accused Rocky Yadav from jail has put on the backfoot the Grand Alliance government, which on Thursday said it would challenge the bail in the Supreme Court.

Yadav, who was arrested in May for shooting a college student in Bihar in a case of road rage, was granted bail by the Patna high court on Wednesday.

“The way it has gone with several such cases, it seems the government is in cahoots with criminals. If not, will it demonstrate the rule of the law, which they claim exists in Bihar,” said Sundar Sachdeva, the father of the victim.

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On the day of the incident, Yadav was driving his SUV in Gaya, 110 km from capital Patna, when it was overtaken by 19-year-old Aditya Sachdeva, who was with his friends in a Maruti Swift. Yadav gave chase and fired a warning shot before reportedly beating up and shooting Aditya.

“It is once again a case of government’s laxity or else how could Rocky Yadav secure bail?” asked former Bihar chief minister and NDA leader Jitan Ram Manjhi.

Rocky’s mother is a suspended MLC of JD(U) and his father, Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav alias Bindi Yadav, is an RJD leader.

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This is the third time the state has failed to make good on its promise to crack down on lawbreakers over weak prosecution . Earlier, despite the government’s attempts to bring the culprits to book, Siwan RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin, who was arrested for his alleged role in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan, and Nawada RJD MLA Raj Ballabh Yadav, who is accused of raping a teenager , walked free after being granted bail.

“The people of Bihar are helpless in a system where law and order is of abysmal standard,” said BJP leader and Union minister state (independent charge) for skill development and entrepreneurship, Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

The government has once again assured the people that it will move the Supreme Court against the high court decision. It had also petitioned the apex court after public outcry over the release of Shahabuddin and Raj Ballabh Yadav.

But the opposition has seized on the opportunity to take the Nitish Kumar-led government to task.

“This state sponsors and supports people who are into criminal activities, especially those who are big and strong, powerful and close to the seat of power. It is very unfortunate,” Rudy was quoted as saying by news agencies. “It is a clear case where prosecution is not logically worked out and bail for such offenders is a rule. The state hardly moves for a prosecution, neither do counsellors work hard, as a result of which such criminals go scot free.”

The JD(U) immediately jumped into damage-control mode.

“We will go to the last step to assure justice to Aditya Sachdeva’s family. We are studying the court order and exploring the options,” said JD(U) spokesperson and MLC, Neeraj Kumar.