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JMM upset over Lalu, Rabri's acquittal

JMM leaders said CBI court's clean chit to Lalu, Rabri in the assets case had "exposed" the Congress' doublespeak.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 11:34 IST

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), whose chief Shibu Soren was put behind bars last fortnight on a murder charge, is smarting over the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) acquittal to Railway Minister Lalu Prasad in a long pending corruption case.

Alleging that the CBI had adopted double standards, JMM leaders, who support the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), said a CBI court's clean chit to Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi on Monday in a case of disproportionate assets of Rs 4.6 million had "exposed" the Congress' doublespeak.

On Dec 5 former coal minister Soren was sentenced to life imprisonment for the 1994 murder of his secretary Shashinath Jha. He had been convicted on Oct 28 leading to his abrupt resignation from the cabinet and arrest by the CBI.

"The outcome of the disproportionate assets case of Lalu and Rabri indicates that CBI favoured them. In case of Soren, it shows that the CBI was hell bent on implicating him," said a senior JMM leader.

"We are upset but we will not comment on the judgment," Shibu Soren's son Durga was quoted as saying by the local media.

Added another leader: "Everybody knows that Lalu calls the shots in the Manmohan Singh government due to numbers. His Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has 27 Lok Sabha MPs and his support is vital to run the UPA government. In contrast, we have only five MPs so our support doesn't matter so much."

First Published: Dec 19, 2006 11:34 IST