Party spokesperson Manoj Jha played the "backward" card saying Yadav was the victim of a conspiracy hatched by the upper caste leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Yadav has now been brought to the Birsa Munda Central Jail.
"Lalu Prasad has robbed off many common people in his days. And whenever anyone from the lower hierarchy challenged this unjust order, they would be deliberately punished", he said.
Interestingly, Lalu drew an analogy with icons like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Baba Saheb Ambedkar and said that history would have treated them as villains, had they failed in their efforts. In 2014, the Jharkhand high court stayed the trial against Yadav in four of the pending cases on the ground that a person convicted in one case could not be tried in similar cases based on same witnesses and evidence. The ED in July had also filed a supplementary chargesheet against Bharti's chartered accountant Rajesh Agrawal in connection with the case in which it named around 35 accused, including businessmen brothers Surendra and Virendra Jain and some companies. "Just like BJP's propaganda was busted in the 2G scam and Adarsh scam, a similar verdict will happen now", he said. "This has created confusion among the people also", he said.
The first report on Lalu and Mishra's possible involvement was presented by then vigilance inspector Bidhu Bhushan Dwivedi to then director general G Narayan.
Lalu has already been convicted in the Chaibasa treasury case and is out on bail.
The worse, however, may not be over for the RJD chief as there are three other pending cases against him involving a range of corruption charges. The withdrawal had been taking place since 1977.
"Laluji's going to jail is not new for RJD. That is why we are still number one in Bihar", he said.
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court today found former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad guilty in a fodder scam case. The agency filed the chargesheet before special judge Naresh Kumar Malhotra at the Patiala House Court. The farmhouse, located at 26, Palam Farms in south Delhi's Bijwasan area was attached provisionally under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).