In a 2009 model code infringement case, Lalu was fined Rs 6,000

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On Wednesday, a court in Jharkhand’s Palamu district fined RJD chairman Lalu Prasad Rs 6,000 for breaking the model code of conduct during the state’s 2009 assembly elections.

Prasad confessed and recognised that he had broken the model code of conduct when he appeared in the court of judge Satish Kumar Munda.

Judge Munda ordered a Rs 6,000 fine, which was deposited on Prasad’s behalf.

After that, the situation was resolved.

Prasad’s chopper landed in a rice field in Garhwa while campaigning for the 2009 assembly elections, purportedly due to the pilot’s mistake instead of the helipad in Medininagar.

A case under IPC sections 188 (disobedience to a duly promulgated public servant’s order), 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 290 (punishment for public nuisance), 291 (whoever repeats or continues a public nuisance), and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of a common intention), as well as section 127 of the Representation of People’s Act, which deals with disturbances at election meetings.

Prabhat Kumar, Prasad’s lawyer, said the case was later moved to Ranchi and then to Medininagar.

Outside the court, supporters of the former Bihar chief minister cheered the ruling and greeted him with garlands.

Prasad would leave for Patna soon, according to Ramnath Chandravanshi, president of the RJD’s Palamu district unit.

Surjit Kumar, a sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), said Prasad’s security was tightened in court. The area’s traffic was controlled.

On Monday, Prasad arrived in Medininagar, Palamu’s district seat, to stand before the court. During his stay at the circuit home, a fan in his room caught fire, but his assistants quickly extinguished it, saving the 73-year-old leader’s life.