Patna: A case has been filed against Rashtriya Janata Dal’s jailed president Lalu Prasad on Thursday by the BJP MLA whom he had allegedly called while in custody and offered a ministerial berth in exchange for helping the opposition defeat the NDA’s candidate for Bihar Assembly Speaker post. Also Read - 8-9 Children Jibe: Tejashwi Yadav Condemns Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s Statement
Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who had flagged the alleged telephone call on his Twitter handle on Tuesday night, shared the information along with the contents of the FIR lodged by Lalan Kumar Paswan, on the social media. Also Read - Phone Call Row: Lalu Prasad Shifted From Hospital Director's Bungalow to Paying Ward
According to the information shared by Modi, the Pirpainti MLA has lodged his FIR at the vigilance police station under the Prevention of Corruption Act and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Prasad is currently lodged in Ranchi, serving sentences in a number of fodder scam cases.
The purported call was made by him on Tuesday and in the audio clip which was shared by Modi on his Twitter handle he could be heard asking Paswan to “be absent, saying that you have got afflicted with corona”.
Upon being told by the MLA that he was bound by party discipline, Prasad had said “we are going to topple this government……you will be made a minister later on”.
Former chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha president Jitan Ram Manjhi also revealed during the day that the RJD supremo had made several bids by telephoning his close aides to talk to him over the Speaker’s election.
(With inputs from agencies)