Days after the Supreme Court asked Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav to explain how Mohammed Kaif, a suspect in Siwan journalist Rajdev Ranjan’s murder, was seen with him in photographs, a picture of another suspect in the murder case with Lalu Prasad, RJD chief and Tej Pratap’s father, is now doing the rounds of social media.
The undated photo shows Lalu purportedly giving instructions to Mohammed Javed, a suspect in Rajdev Ranjan’s murder who is absconding. The RJD dismissed charges of any proximity between the suspect and Lalu, and said it is not always possible for a public figure to check antecedents of people who come up to be photographed with them at public events.
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While it has not been authenticated yet, sources said the photograph is from a function in Mahua, Vaishali district, held before the Assembly elections last year. Tej Pratap had contested successfully from Mahua.
RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha said, “Such images, circulated with malicious intent, do not convey the truth. There are much more disturbing images of the PM.”