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Sadhu Yadav gets anticipatory bail

The court, after hearing the petition, said there was no solid evidence in the state vigilance case against him.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 19:15 IST

The Patna High Court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to Sadhu Yadav, brother-in-law of Railway Minister Lalu Yadav, on a personal bond of Rs 10,000 in connection with Bihar's multi-million-rupee flood relief scam.

The court, after hearing the petition, said there was no solid evidence in the state vigilance case against him.

It directed Yadav to surrender before a special vigilance court within a week and not go abroad until the prosecution filed a charge sheet in the case.

The vigilance court had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against him last month and last week dismissed Sadhu's anticipatory bail petition.

The high court also ordered the state vigilance department to file the charge sheet against Sadhu with full facts soon.

Yadav, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP from Gopalganj in Bihar, is the brother of former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi.

A vigilance bureau official said they had sufficient evidence to prove that Yadav received ill-gotten money from Santosh Kumar Jha, a supplier of flood relief material and alleged kingpin of the scam who has been in judicial custody in Beur jail here since last year.

The bureau had last year issued a notice to Yadav, asking him to explain the transfer of Rs 600,000 to his account in the Patna secretariat branch of the State Bank of India by Jha. He maintained that the proceeds were from the sale of a car.

"Investigations revealed that Yadav had purchased a car for Rs 100,000 from one Sumit Jena in Delhi in April 2004, which he sold to Jha for Rs 600,000 in January 2005. This appears absurd," the official said.

Investigations also showed that the vehicle was not transferred, the official added.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 19:15 IST