Fodder scam case: Lalu’s family hails grant of bail

Debagarh (Odisha)/Ranchi/New Delhi, Dec.14: The son of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, has welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict to grant bail to his father in connection with the fodder scam of the mid-1990s.

Bail was granted on Friday.

Yadav, 65, was convicted along with dozens of others for his part in a 1990s animal fodder racket in Bihar in which millions of dollars went missing.

Yadav was the chief minister of Bihar for most of the 1990s and was succeeded by his wife.

His son,Tejaswi Yadav, offered prayers at a temple on Saturday after the bail is granted.

Addressing mediapersons, Tejaswi Yadav said: “We have welcomed the decision of the apex court and this is not a bail for Lalu Yadav alone,but a bail for all the poor and needy people of Bihar and Jharkhand.”

Yadav also lost his Lok Sabha seat, making him the first to be hit by the Supreme Court ruling in July – reflecting the popular mood – that convicts may not sit in legislatures even during an appeal.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RLD) legislator Sanjay Yadav said: ” We will make the strategies after he comes out. He will be coming out on Monday.”

His conviction and expulsion from Parliament presents the Congress party with a dilemma as it heads into an election, due by next May, whose outcome will most likely depend on coalition alliances.

About 30 percent of lawmakers across federal and state assemblies in India, the world’s most populous democracy, have criminal charges against them, many of them for serious crimes such as murder, rape and kidnapping. Calls for tough action against them have become more strident in recent years. (ANI)