Audio clip row: Jharkhand HC seeks report on shifting of Lalu Prasad to hospital director’s bungalow from ward 


The Jharkhand High Court has sought a report from the state government on who ordered the transfer of jailed Lalu Prasad Yadav to the director’s bungalow of a Ranchi hospital from its paying ward in August and shifting him back there recently.

The Jharkhand High Court on Friday sought a report from the state government on who ordered the transfer of jailed RJD president Lalu Prasad to the director’s bungalow of a Ranchi hospital. (File photo)

Jharkhand High Court on Friday heared the PILs filed over RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s alleged audio clips in which he was heard asking Bihar BJP MLA Lalan Kumar Paswan to abstain from voting during the Speaker’s election.

The Jharkhand government on November 25 had ordered a probe into the allegation that Lalu Prasad Yadav, violating the jail manual, telephoned Bihar BJP MLA Lalan Kumar Paswan, asking him to abstain from voting during the Speaker’s election on the previous day.

An audio clip of the purported phone call had been shared by senior Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on his Twitter handle.

Three PILs were filed against the alleged audio call made by Lalu Prasad Yadav. The hearing took place simultaneously in all the three PIL filed in the matter.

After hearing both the sides, the high court bench ordered the state government to file an affidavit furnishing all the information. The next hearing has been scheduled for January 8.

The Jharkhand High Court has sought a report from the state government on who ordered the transfer of jailed Lalu Prasad Yadav to the director’s bungalow of a Ranchi hospital from its paying ward in August and shifting him back there recently.

The court has directed the state government to file the report by December 18.

Prasad, who was convicted in fodder scam cases, was undergoing treatment in the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) for multiple ailments.

He was transferred from the paying ward of the RIMS to its director’s residence, known as Kelly Bungalow, in August to protect him from exposure to coronavirus.

The single bench of Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh also sought to know from the government the process of appointing ‘sevadar’ (helper) for Prasad in the hospital.

During the hearing of a PIL alleging violation of jail norms by Prasad, the state’s Additional Advocate General Ashutosh Anand submitted that there is a standard procedure (SOP) for the inmates in judicial custody, under which their security is arranged and meeting visitors is decided.

(With PTI inputs)



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