Case against Lalu over chopper landing
The case concerns illegal landing of a helicopter on national highway, reports Khwaja Jamal.patna Updated: Aug 03, 2007 03:19 IST
A complaint case was lodged on Thursday in the court of Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate (West) Sanjay Kumar Singh against Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and the pilot of the helicopter in which they were travelling on Wednesday. The case concerns the allegedly illegal landing of the helicopter on National Highway NH-28 near Maniyari on Wednesday.
Lalu Prasad and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh were making an aerial survey of the flood-affected districts of North Bihar when their helicopter developed a technical snag and had to make an emergency landing on NH-28 near Maniyari.
A lawyer, Sudhir Kumar Ojha, lodged a complaint case on Thursday in this connection. He has accused Lalu, Singh and the helicopter’s pilot of flagrant violation of rules under various sections of the IPC. Ojha said he had fallen on the road and sustained injuries when the helicopter abruptly made a landing on the national highway.
The complainant has further alleged that the unexpected landing of the helicopter had caused a long traffic jam on the busy road which had lasted for two hours. Lalu had come out of the helicopter and used the crisis to hold an impromptu public meeting at which he attacked the state government. He addressed the crowd without giving prior information of the ‘public meeting’ to the district authorities as was required by law, Ojha alleged.
The complainant had also requested the Judicial Magistrate to order an FIR to be lodged against Lalu Prasad Yadav, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and the pilot of the helicopter that had made the emergency landing.
Ojha later said that the judicial magistrate had taken a serious view of the incident and asked Muzaffarpur SP Ratn Sanjay to investigate the matter and submit a report within a week.