RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s two close aides managed to get themselves arrested in the same prison where Lalu Yadav will serve jail term after being sentenced in a fodder scam case. Laxman Mahto and Madan Yadav, had cases of theft against them, both surrendered and arrived at Birsa Munda jail in Ranchi before Lalu Yadav walked in on December 23, reports Deccan Chronicle. Laxman Yadav is a cook, a personal aide and helper to Lalu Yadav and Madan Mahto is a helper and also an aide of the RJD leader. The Deccan Chronicle reports that Madan Yadav’s neighbour in Ranchi lodged a case of beating and theft of Rs 10,000 against him and Mahto. Initially, the police had refused to register the case, but they went to another police station. When the FIR was lodged against the duo, then both surrendered in court and were sent to prison.
It is notable that when Lalu Prasad Yadav had gone to jail for another fodder-scam case in 2013, Madan Yadav had used the same trick to get to prison before him.
This, however, provided fuel to RJD’s rivals, who accused the party of indulging in “feudal practices” and getting attendants for Lalu Yadav inside the jail.
On January 6, a special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Ranchi pronounced the quantum of punishment for Lalu Prasad and 15 other convicts in a fodder scam case via video conferencing. The Ranchi special court has ordered a 3.5-year term for the RJD chief along with a fine of Rs 5 lakh. Convicts Phool Chand, Mahesh Prasad, Bake Julius, Sunil Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Sudhir Kumar and Raja Ram were sentenced to 3.5 years in jail and Rs 5 lakh fine each. Jagdish Sharma got 7 years in jail, imposed with a fine of Rs. 10 lakh.
A PTI report on Monday said that Lalu Prasad Yadav, lodged in a Ranchi jail after his conviction by a CBI court in a fodder scam case, would move the Jharkhand High Court for bail within the next few days. His lawyer Prabhat Kumar said. “We will read the copy of the judgment and move the high court either on Friday or next Monday.”