300-km march to seek justice for Lalu Prasad

Jitendra Kumar, 45, started his march from Patna to Ranchi after paying a visit to former chief minister Rabri Devi, wife of incarcerated RJD chief

Patna: A practising lawyer from Bihar has embarked on a 21-day march to seek justice for Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad who is undergoing jail term after being convicted in multi-million dollar fodder scam. Prasad is currently lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail, Ranchi of Jharkhand state.

Jitendra Kumar, 45, a self-proclaimed supporter of Prasad, started his march from Patna to Ranchi, a distance of 300km, after paying a visit to former chief minister Rabri Devi, wife of incarcerated RJD chief.

“I practice law at a civil court in Ara (district headquarters of Bhojpur) and have been pained by the treatment meted out to RJD chief Lalu Prasad,” the lawyer told the media on Saturday. He said Prasad and his family were being constantly targeted for mere political gains.

“There are many persons who are involved in corruption cases but only Prasad and his family have been targeted and framed in cases of political vendetta,” he alleged. He terms Prasad as the “messiah of the poor”.

Initially, Kumar embarked on his tour alone but later many villagers joined his company. He hoped to seek justice for the RJD president who recently was convicted in two consecutive fodder scam cases in quick succession while the judgement in another case is scheduled to come later this month.

Prasad suffered a huge setback when the Jharkhand high court rejected his bail plea in a fodder scam case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs8.45 million from a district treasury last month. He is languishing in the jail since December 23 last year.

In another blow to the RJD chief, a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court has ordered for his trial through video-conferencing, rather than allowing him to come to the court. Although the reason behind the order is not known, Prasad was reported to be holding his “court” in the court premises and frequently issuing statements over current political situation in the court.

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