Patna, Apr 2 (PTI) Charges of judicial misconduct against a special CBI judge, who had acquitted Railway minister Lalu Prasad in a disproportionate assets case, were found to be prima facie true after which ten per cent of his pension was ordered to be stopped. Acting Chief Justice of Patna High Court C K Prasad today directed the state government to withhold payment of full pension to former CBI judge(Patna) Muni Lal on the recommendation of the HC standing committee last week after Patna district judge as also the inspecting HC judge for the district in their reports said there existed "serious prima facie evidence" against Lal.
"The Bihar government has no option but to honour the HC directive and we have done that," Advocate General P K Shahi told PTI. "The government has to accept the order unless there are sufficient reasons on the contrary.
In this case, no such reasons apparently exist", he said. The former special CBI judge, Shahi said, would be entitled to 90 per cent of his pension amount pending disposal of departmental proceedings against him under clause 43(b) of Bihar pension rules applicable to all former state government employees.
The inspecting judge of the High Court for Patna district Shivkirti Singh had found Lal guilty of "judicial misconduct" in grant of bail in two cases related to alleged rape and threats for transfer of land. FIR in both cases were registered in 2006.
Meanwhile, Rajiv Ranjan Singh 'Lalan', president of state's ruling JD(U) and Lok Sabha member, told PTI " This had to happen. We stand vindicated.
" He had challenged Lal's appointment to try the DA case in which Lalu's wife Rabri Devi was also acquitted "as we did not not have faith in him given his track record." PTI.