Lalu seeks court permission to go abroad

April 30th, 2008 - 7:07 pm ICT by admin  

Patna, April 30 (IANS) Railway Minister Lalu Prasad has requested a special court to release his passport and grant him permission to travel abroad on an official visit in May, official sources close to him said here Wednesday. Lalu Prasad, an accused in a multi-million rupee fodder scam, filed a petition at the designated court of the Central Bureau of Investigation in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand. He sought his passport and permission of the court to go on a weeklong official visit to Singapore and Malaysia from May 12.

The court, trying the fodder scam, had directed him in the past to get its permission to go abroad till the case was over.

Lalu’s lawyer filed the petition before the special CBI court in Ranchi Tuesday.

The court directed the CBI to file a reply May 5. The passport is in the court’s custody.

The railway minister is scheduled to apeak at the INSEAD business school in Singapore May 12 followed by an interaction with about 350 MBA students at the institute, who were reportedly eager to know the turnaround story of Indian Railways.

He will also visit Malaysia May 15 in connection with a Rs.40 billion high speed corridor project bagged by the railways’ consultancy arm IRCON amid tough international competition.

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