Patna: Former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Raj Ballabh Yadav who was earlier convicted by a court for raping a minor girl in Biharsharif in 2016, was awarded life imprisonment along with a fine of Rs. 50,000 by the same MP/MLA court that had convicted him in the case last Saturday.

The quantum of punishment was announced by Special Judge Parshuram Singh.

As reported before, the MP/MLA court had convicted Yadav along with 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, threatening the family members of the victim, and blackmail.

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 in. 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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