Disproportionate assets case: CBI backs Lalu Yadav in SC
CBI today stood by RJD Chief Lalu Prasad, who has parted ways with the UPA Govt, in the Supreme Court by opposing the decision of the Nitish Kumar Govt in Bihar to challenge his acquittal in a disproportionate assets case.delhi Updated: Mar 10, 2010 20:29 IST
CBI on Wednesday stood by RJD Chief Lalu Prasad, who has parted ways with the UPA Government, in the Supreme Court by opposing the decision of the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar to challenge his acquittal in a disproportionate assets case.
Prasad and his wife's stand that Bihar government has no locus stand to appeal against their acquittal was supported by CBI which said the right to file an appeal lies with the agency, which probed and prosecuted the case.
"The case was investigated and prosecuted by CBI and it is for the Centre and not for state government to take a decision to file an appeal in the case of acquittal," senior advocate A Mariarputham, appearing for the agency, submitted before a Bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan.
Bihar Government's submission evoked sharp reactions from the Bench which wanted to know how in a case, which is investigated by CBI, the state government can come in the picture to file am appeal against the acquittal.
The Bench reserved the verdict on the petition filed by RJD Chief and his wife challenging the Patna High Court's decision to admit the state's appeal against their acquittal in the case.
Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, appearing for the couple, expressed his apprehension that since Prasad has moved out of the UPA government, CBI may also change its stand.
"Now that Lalu Prasad has fallen from power, I hope the central government has not changed its mind," he said before the Bench, also comprising Justices R M Lodha and B S Chauhan.
When Prasad and his wife had challenged in the apex court the Nitish Kumar government's decision to file appeal in the High Court, CBI had joined them.