Rabri Devi defends rape convict, campaigns for his wife in Nawada
Former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi courted controversy after she campaigned for the wife of Rajballabh Yadav, who was convicted for raping a minor and subsequently disqualified from contesting polls, from the Nawada Lok Sabha seat in the Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing a rally in Nawada, Rabri Devi said Rajballabh Yadav was wrongly convicted in the case and went on to ask people to vote for rape convict's wife Vibha Devi.
"These people falsely implicated Rajballabh Yadav in the case and sent him to jail in an attempt to defame the Yadavs. Now, you need to ensure Vibha Devi wins the election," Rabri Devi told people in Nawada on Thursday.
A Patna court had in December last year convicted Rajballabh Yadav and four others in connection with the rape of a minor in 2016. He was convicted under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code and 4, 8, 17 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Raj Ballabh Yadav, who is Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLA from Nawada, was named in a case of rape of a minor girl at his residence in Bihar Sharif on February 6, 2016.
The girl was allegedly taken to the RJD legislator's house on the pretext of a birthday party by a woman named Sulekha on the day. The RJD had suspended him from the party on February 14, 2016.
The victim, fought all odds, to appear for her matriculation exams despite threats to her life while Rajballabh Yadav was absconding.
After evading arrest for a considerable time, the MLA surrendered after a local court issued proclamation notice and an order to attach his properties for not surrendering before the police.
The Bihar Police, in its chargesheet had also named Sulekha and her relatives as accused on the ground that they were supplying women and girls to the RJD MLA.
The Supreme Court on November 24, 2016, had cancelled Yadav's bail granted by the Patna High Court.