Lalu Prasad Yadav recently granted bail in a fifth fodder case; Corruption cases are related to the period when Bihar was CM.
Immediately after the CBI began searching for Lalu Prasad Yadav in at least 16 places on Friday, a colleague of his party dismissed the Central Bureau of Investigation into the action. News agency ANI reported that RJD leader Alok Mehta had said, “This is an attempt to cover up a strong voice. CBI’s direction and actions are completely biased.”
The new searches come weeks after the 73-year-old former Union minister was granted bail in the last of five fodder cases in which he was convicted. His lawyer told the court that he had served half of the five-year term. The fodder scandal involved allegations of corruption between 1990 and 1997 when the RJD pontiff was the chief minister of Bihar.
Some officials have claimed that the attacks on Friday were related to job fraud between 2004 and 2009 when Lalu Yadav was Union Railway Minister.
There was heavy security outside the Patna residence of Rabri Yadav; Other searches were also conducted in Delhi and Gopalganj.
The RJD chief is also facing health problems. After being granted bail in April, he was booked into the AIMS in Delhi, which delayed his return to Patna.
Tejaswi Yadav, son of Tejaswi Yadav, had earlier said that action was being taken against him by leading opposition leader Lalu Prasad Yadav. “If Lalu Ji joined hands with the BJP, he would have been called Raja Harishchandra, but today he is fighting the RSS-BJP. He has been jailed.
(With inputs from ANI)
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