Today, the Supreme Court ruled that Lalu Prasad Yadav’s trial for corruption during the term as a Chief Minister of Bihar must be completed with the 9 months. Also rejected the request for the more grave charges including criminal conspiracy to be deleted.
Lalu Prasad Yadav is popularly known, participates in the three-party coalition government in Bihar that is headed by Nitish Kumar, who is under increasing pressure to comment on various controversies engulfing Lalu and his two sons, who are both ministers in Bihar.
Lalu Prasad Yadav is banned from running for office after the conviction for the Fodder scam, in the 1990s. Lalu Prasad Yadav was the head of the Government of Bihar, feed for cattle was bought using inflated invoices - in some cases, despite money being paid, no fodder was bought at all. The swindle, according to the CBI, was worth about 1,000 crores and played out during 1990 to 1997.
Today, the Supreme Court has reinstated the charges, as in 2013 the Lalu Prasad Yadav who heads the Rashtriya Janata Dal was convicted by a court in Jharkhand and 5 years jail is sentenced in one of the six cases embedded in the scam of fodder. In other cases the High Court has dropped some charges of them by saying that, he had already been found guilty of some of them and could not be tried for the same offense again.
To reach a verdict it took more than a decade and a half for the fodder scam case.
The BJP party Mr. Kumar took an action against Lalu Prasad Yadav over the weekend after a TV channel broadcast what is claimed were secretly-taped conversations between him and gangster Mohammad Shahabuddin, a leader from his party, who is in jail. Last year the phone call was allegedly taped. The BJP says it confirms that Lalu Prasad Yadav was in touch with a jailed don and offered to examine various complaints he made, including about a police officer whose performance he described as problematic. dailyaddaa (Newscom India) cannot verify the authenticity of the tape.
Lalu Prasad Yadav, one of the India’s most charismatic politician as top leader of Bihar led to the state becoming synonymous graft, poverty and violence.