1. Lalu Yadav-Shahabuddin tape: RJD chief allegedly took orders from Mohammad Shahabuddin, says report

Lalu Yadav-Shahabuddin tape: RJD chief allegedly took orders from Mohammad Shahabuddin, says report

On the very first day of going on air, the Republic TV showed an alleged conversation between RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and criminal turned politician Mohammed Shahabuddin on a tape, in which the latter was purportedly heard of issuing instructions.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 6, 2017 3:19 PM
RJD chief Lalu Prasad is yet to respond to allegations, the channel says. (IE)

On the very first day of going on air, the Republic TV showed a report alleging a conversation between RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and criminal turned politician Mohammed Shahabuddin on a tape, in which the latter was purportedly heard of issuing instructions. As per the report, the RJD chief is yet to respond to allegations. The channel also alleged of having received multiple calls from former Bihar chief minister asking it not to play the tape. However, Financialexpress.com cannot verify the authenticity of these tapes.

Arnab called on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to respond on the incident and taken an action. Responding to the entire episode, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Sushil Modi said, ‘Lalu must quit public life’. He also said that a BJP delegation will meet state governor soon on the issue.

“Republic of Arnab has exposed how Lalu is taking instructions from Dreaded criminal Shahabuddin. Will Nitish act?” wrote Modi on his twitter account. However, Tehseen Poonawalla called it a completely baseless report. “This is such baseless & made up story on @laluprasadrjd ji on @republic tv. Coz if true 1st answer how do u have pvt conversation?” he posted on Twitter.’

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The channel claimed that Lalu was taking instructions from Shahabuddin on phone over riots. The channel quoted former Delhi CM and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit who refused to comment on the incident by saying, “Not my style to comment on others.” As per Republic TV, leaders of both JD(U) and Congress, the ruling partners in Bihar are yet to respond on the tape.

Lok Janshakti Party leader and son of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan responded to the allegations by asking, “Who runs the Govt in Bihar. The CM or Lalu’s gangster ?” Speaking to the channel, BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that Nitish Kumar “has no option but to file a FIR against Lalu Prasad, as per your tape”. He also alleged that mafia was running the state government.

  1. धनेश कुमार चतुर्वे
    May 6, 2017 at 8:33 pm
    राजनेताओं के अपराधियों व आतंकवादियों से संबंध कोई नए नहीं हैं, लेकिन अपराधियों का राजनेताओं को निर्देश देना, न केवल गंभीर मा ा है, बल्कि भारतीय लोकतंत्र का मखौल भी है। एक सरकारी नौकरी के लिए चरित्र प्रमाण पत्र माँगा जाता है, लेकिन सरकार चलाने वालों, कानून बनाने वालों को चरित्र प्रमाण पत्र से छूट क्यों ? कुछ नेता शासन मे बने रहने के लिए, जनता के वोट को किसी भी कीमत पर हासिल करने के लिए, अपराधियों को संरक्षण देते हैं, यूँ तो कानून व्यवस्था राज्यों का विषय है, वेकिन वर्तमान परिस्थितियों में कानून व्यवस्था न्यायपालिका के अधीन होनी चाहिए, तभी राजनीतिज्ञों और अपराधियों का गठबंधन तोड़ा जा सकेगा।
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      ak
      May 6, 2017 at 5:43 pm
      Well ... it was not as if people did not know that Lalu was a convicted criminal himself when they elected his party only one the basis of caste .. what did they expect ? Fully honest government ? Goonda raj .. and Gangster led government is what they voted for .. that is exactly what they are getting .. Next elections they will elect the same people again ..
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        Niranjan
        May 6, 2017 at 4:46 pm
        It is a shame that Bihar voters are so naïve or may be some of them are stupid enough to believe Lallu, who has been looting Bihar for decades and had installed his uneducated, almost illiterate wife on the throne of Bihar, as if it was his fiefdom. He has also installed his two uneducated sons in the Bihar cabinet and are now cal the shots in running the government. I think Nitish Kumar is responsible for such a mess by allying with Lallu! It is mind bogg to see that Nitish Kumar could break alliance with BJP and join a crooked, convicted politician!
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          Shailendra Nagar
          May 6, 2017 at 3:56 pm
          There is no doubt that Sahabuddin has tremendous hold over the functioning of Bihar Govt. He manipulates things in Bihar by using Lalu's access in the Govt. Lalu is a corrupt and criminal like Sahabuddin therefore the nexus is obvious Nitish Kumar is doing everything possible under the sun to prove his Govt clean and firm but the recent rats drinking the confiscated alcohol statement of the Bihar police is prove enough the amount of corruption prevalent there.
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            Nath
            May 6, 2017 at 2:22 pm
            Well done Arnab. People are with you
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              rohan
              May 6, 2017 at 12:22 pm
              Advantage Bihar BJP !
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                BK
                May 6, 2017 at 11:43 am
                Sent Laloo to jail where he came from and dishmis Nitis who dream to be PM.
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                  subir
                  May 6, 2017 at 11:30 am
                  Poonawala thinks it is baseless and concocted story of newly launched TV Channel Republic. This is an golden opportunity for poonawala to take Republic and Arnab Goswami to the court. If he doesn't do that, it would be confirmed that he always talks rubbish.
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                  1. deelip prabhudesai
                    May 6, 2017 at 11:42 am
                    This Poonawala is a big irritant. He knows nothing other than blaming and mocking anyone who takes on congress and its alies
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