Row over Lalu 'aides' in jail

Lalu Prasad Yadav

RJD chief Lalu Prasad, sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail in a fodder scam case, is likely to seek parole to attend the last rites of his only sister, Gangotri Devi, who died here on Sunday.

Pandey's statement came after a local vernacular newspaper published an article claiming that two persons implicated themselves in a false case and were serving Lalu at Birsa Munda Central Jail, where the RJD chief is lodged. He further said, "This shows that Lalu commitment to social justice is a shame and he cares only for himself and his family members".

Laxman Mahto is a known face as Lalu's personal aide and helper while Madan Yadav was his active sidekick whenever he was in Ranchi.

As per reports, the two were sent to Rachi jail after they picked up a fight with a neighbour Sumit Yadav and snatched Rs 10,000 from him on 23 December.


Reacting to the report, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi said that Yadav first stole money from the poor people of Bihar and now he was using them once again to act as his servants in the prison. "Laluji never asked anyone to go to jail".

Lalu was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail by special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in the case relating to embezzling of more than Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994. Both Madan and Laxman appeared before the CJM's court and were sent to Birsa Munda jail the same day.

Sumit, on whom the police have no doubt, had filed a complaint against the two snatchers on December 23 and interestingly, the duo surrendered before the court of the Judicial Magistrate.

Manoj Kumar, a tea-seller who knows Madan, said, "Madan is well connected with sound financial background". While Madan used to serve Lalu whenever he used to visit Ranchi, Laxman was Lalu's cook. "However, in this case none of these norms was followed".

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