Former RJD Legislator, Five Others, Convicted in 2016 Minor's Rape Case

Former RJD legislator Raj Ballabh Yadav (file photo).

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Patna: Former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) legislator Raj Ballabh Yadav who was accused of raping a minor girl in Nalanda district in the early parts of 2016, was pronounced guilty by a special court in Patna on Saturday.

The court also convicted five others including Sulekha Devi, Tunni Kumari, Chhoti Kumari, Radha Devi, and Sandeep Suman in the same case on various charges including aiding and abetting in rape of a minor girl.

The court will pronounce the quantum of their punishment on December 21.

Special Judge Parshuram Singh Yadav, after hearing the closing arguments from both defense and prosecution, held the RJD leader guilty under Section 376 of the Indian Criminal Penal Code (Rape and Sexual Assault) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Following the court's pronouncement, all six convicts were sent to Beur Jail in Patna.

As reported before, an FIR against Raj Ballabh Yadav and others was filed in the women's police station in Biharsharif on February 9, 2016.

The RJD leader, who never denied the allegations after his 16-year old victim came forward and filed a case against him, was suspended from the party after various women's groups and opposition leaders mounted pressure on RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav before the legislator from Nalanda decided to turn himself. Prior to that, he was in hiding for over a month.

It was reported at the time that Sulekha Devi, with the help of her other family members, lured the minor victim to Yadav's home in Biharsharif where she was raped repeatedly by the RJD legislator. The woman also was said to have taken pictures of the girl in an attempt to blackmail her so she would not go to the police.

Raj Ballabh Yadav surrendered to the police a month after when the government attached his properties. He was later expelled from the RJD.

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