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Lalu, Rabri celebrate verdict with family and RJD
Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | December 18, 2006 12:42 IST
Last Updated: December 18, 2006 13:39 IST
It was celebration time at 10, Circular road, the official residence of Rabri Devi, wife of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, soon after both were acquitted in the disproportionate assets case.
Thankful for the "divine intervention" leading to his acquittal and that of his wife, Lalu Prasad said, "The Judiciary is like god to me."
"God is great and so is the judiciary," a visibly relieved duo told reporters at the residence.
Lalu said, "I am thankful to god that truth has finally prevailed despite long years of our trial by the media and the rival parties. I always had great faith in the judiciary."
"I am happy, very happy indeed that justice has finally been done to us," said Rabri Devi sporting a broad smile.
Asked whether he felt relaxed now now that the court had given its verdict in their favour, Lalu said "this is one thing that is not not in my destiny."
Several Rashtriya Janata Dal ministers in the central government, including Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Kanti Singh and Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav and several party MLAs and senior workers were present. Kanti Devi was seen exchanging sweets with Rabri Devi.
Outside the residence, RJD members have gathered in large numbers; sweets are being distributed and crackers are being burst.
Senior RJD leader Shakeel Ahmad Khan admitted that fear and tension gripped the party before the CBI court judgement.
Lalu and Rabri, both former chief ministers were accused in a disproportionate asset case, an offshoot of the multi-crore fodder scam.
With PTI inputs