Lalu trying to buy MLAs from jail, says Sushil Modi ; Jharkhand government orders probe

Modi tweets video clip of a purported conversation between Lalu and BJP MLA

Lalu trying to buy MLAs from jail, says Sushil Modi ; Jharkhand government orders probe

RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav. — File Photo

Ranchi, November 25

Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi has accused Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav of trying to buy legislators---an allegation that pressured Jharkhand's ruling alliance to order an investigation .

Modi said in a tweet on Tuesday:  "Lalu Yadav making telephone call from Ranchi to NDA MLAs & promising ministerial berths. When I telephoned, Lalu directly picked up. I said don’t do these dirty tricks from jail, you will not succeed".

He followed this up with another tweet of an audio tape that a purported conversation between the RJD supremo, who is in Ranchi, and the saffron party MLA.

Modi shared the minute-and-a-half long clip on his official Twitter handle in which a voice that he claims belongs to Prasad can be heard talking to the Pirpainti MLA Lalan Paswan.

The BJP MLA in question later seconded the allegation and claimed that the conversation had taken place in front of Sushil Modi, unbeknownst to the RJD chief. 

The tweets have left the state government's ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-Rashtriya Janata Dal-Congress alliance red in the face. 

A day after the allegations the state governnent under JMM leader and Chief Minister Hemant Soren ordered an investigation into the incident. 

Inspector General, Prisons, Virendra Bhusan told PTI- Bhasha that he has asked Ranchi Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police and Superintendent of Birsa Munda jail to inquire into the matter and if the allegations are found true initiate lawful action.

The jail IG said he ordered an inquiry after himself hearing the purported audio clip.

Bhusan said the jail manuals does not allow use of phone or mobile during judicial custody and if the allegations were found correct it would be inquired as from where the mobile phone came to Prasad and who is responsible for it.

He also said any political talks are prohibited when a person is in judicial custody.

The jail IG said Prasad is in RIM’s Director’s bungalow with the permission of the district administration.

The Ranchi district administration takes decision about visitors to Prasad and other issues linked to it.

A PIL has already been filed in the Jharkhand High Court seeking a proper examination of Prasad’s ailment and sending him back to the jail. --- Agencies

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