On the run to avoid arrest after Nalanda police sounded an alert for him across the state, former labour minister and RJD MLA from Nawada, Raj Ballabh Prasad alias Raj Ballabh Yadav, who is accused of raping a minor, filed an anticipatory bail petition in the Patna high court on Friday.
The court of Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh on Friday deferred the hearing till Monday. Earlier on Saturday, the Bihar sharif court of ADJ-1-cum-special judge (POCSO cases) Rashmi Shikha had dismissed the anticipatory bail application of the RJD MLA.
On Thursday, the police arrested Sulekha Devi, her daughter Chhoti Devi, mother Radha Devi and younger sister Tushi Devi in connection with the case after Sulekha Devi and her mother revealed vital details during interrogation.
The women had lured the girl on the pretext of attending a birthday party and took her to the MLA’s residence instead.
The 54-year-old MLA allegedly raped the minor at his residence-cum-party office located at Pathra English locality under Muffasil police station of Nawada on February 6. The FIR was registered with Mahila police station in Nalanda on February 9.