Rabri Devi, wife of Lalu Prasad Yadav, former chief minister of Bihar and national president of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), assured a safe passage for CBI officials on her way out of Yadav, beating and reprimanding her party members for protesting the raid. Dr. Patna home on Friday.
The dramatic scene of Rabri Devi slapping and shouting at the protesting workers for letting the CBI officials go began to circulate on social media on Friday evening. Rabri Devi came to the CBI’s rescue when the police could not drive the protesters because of obstructing the departure of the CBI officials.
In the video shared on social media, Rabri Devi, who was with her son Tej Pratap, angrily reprimanded the party workers and asked them to pave the way for CBI officials.
A CBI team raided Yadav’s Patna residence on Friday morning on allegations of new corruption by the central government. Lalu, Rabri Devi and their two daughters Misa Bharati and Hema were among 17 people named in the CBI FIR in a land grab case when Lalu was chief minister between 2004-09.
The CBI interrogated Rabri Devi for 12 hours as several RJD activists gathered around the residence to deploy police forces protesting the CBI raid. The party has already accused the central government of using “abusive” and “unparliamentary language” during interrogation of Rabri Devi.
Shortly after the operation ended, RJP state spokesperson Chitranjan Gagan attacked the BJP, alleging that the operations were BJP-sponsored. “After the culprits were not found, the CBI officials resorted to abusive language and used unparliamentary language against Rabri Devi,” Gagan said in an official party statement.
“We reiterate that the recent CBI case and related operations across the country have been sponsored by the ruling BJP at the Center,” he added.