RJD leader and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is facing huge setbacks in the fodder scam case after the Supreme Court revived the trial of pending cases and the conspiracy charge is now facing more trouble. This time over the dealings of his daughter Misa Bharti. TV channel Times Now has reported how Yadav’s daughter made a killing in some land deals that she is involved in. She has allegedly bought expensive properties at throwaway prices. The report said that Lalu’s eldest daughter Bharti had bought land worth Rs 100 crore for just Rs 1 crore. The report further added that the deals were carried out under Misa’s name under suspicious conditions, as the deals were pushed through by buying and selling shares in dubious business entities.
These recent reports on the former Bihar supremo’s kin have heated up the political debate in the state, with the opposition BJP targeting not just the RJD but also the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JDU party – both have formed an alliance in the state. Earlier, Republic TV, a news channel had aired a purported taped telephone conversation in which former Bihar MP Mohammed Shahabuddin was heard complaining to Lalu about a police officer. Shahabuddin had allegedly made the call from Siwan jail in April 2016. In the purported conversation aired on Republic TV, Shahabuddin voices displeasure over Siwan Superintendent of Police Saurav Kumar Sah’s inadequate police deployment on Ram Navami amid communal tension.
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Meanwhile, in the land deals case, Times Now said that Misa had bought around 7 acres of land worth Rs 100 crore by paying just around Rs 1.4 crores. She allegedly did this via business entities which allowed her to make big profits at their expense. The report said that the land deals consisted of farmhouses which were in places like Bijwasan, near IGI airport, Sainik Farms.
On the leaked conversation between Lalu and Sahabuddin, BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi had called it an instance of “breakdown of law and order” and sought President’s rule to be imposed in the state. Modi said that the conversation shows how Lalu has been getting instructions from a murder convict. “Will Nitish Kumar still react? The Chief Minister had not reacted when an RJD minister went inside Siwan jail to meet Shahabuddin. It is time Kumar showed some moral authority,” he said.
On the Fodder Scam Case, the RJD leader is a convict and barred from contesting elections. The outcome of the cases, however, would have a big impact on the future of Lalu, Bihar politics and RJD.