Lalu Prasad Yadav is an Indian politician fitting to the political party Rashtriya Janata Dal. He founded the party in 1997 after breaking off from the Janata Dal over the issue of Fodder Scam. He was the first president of the newly originated party and remains its president to this day.
He has held prominent posts both in the Parliament and the state legislative meeting. From 2004 to 2009 he served as the Railway Minister under the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
Lalu Prasad Yadav was born on 11 June, 1948 in Phulwaria which is situated in the Gopalganj district of the state of Bihar. He is the second son of a poor peasant family of Shri Kundan Rai and Smt. Marachhiya Devi. He did his primary education in a school at Bihar Military Police No. 5. On 1 June 1973, Lalu Prasad Yadav married Rabri Devi. The couple has seven daughters: Misha, Rohini, Bharti, Chanda, Hema, Rajlakshmi and Dhannu. Their two sons are Tej Pratap and Tajashwi.
Rashtriya Janata Dal supreme Lalu Prasad (69) was on Saturday sentenced to 14 years in jail and 18 other convicts would have to serve the jail term consecutively. This implies, according to the court order, that Lalu Yadav would remain in jail for the next 14 years, till 2032 and fined ₹ 60 lakh on Monday by a special CBI court in linking with the fourth fodder scam case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of ₹ 3.13 crore from Dumka treasury in the early 1990s between December 1995 and January 1996, a Central Bureau of Investigation counsel said here.
Central Bureau of Investigation Judge Shiv Pal Singh endowed two separate sentences of seven years each to Prasad under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Acts, counsel Rakesh Prasad said. In 2013, Lalu Yadav was convicted in the first fodder scam case and sentenced to jail for five years. In the second case, he was sentenced to three-and-half years in jail in December last year and in the third, to five years in jail. He faces two more cases – one in Ranchi and one in Patna.
Backer Vishnu Sharma, while explaining the court’s decision, said, “Lalu Prasad has been sentenced to seven years in prison under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged), 477 (fraudulent annulment, destruction of will or valuable security) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy), and punished Rs 30 lakh. “He was endowed another seven-year jail term and slapped with a fine of Rs 30 lakh under the Prevention of Corruption Act…Both the sentences will run consecutively.”
For evasion or non-payment of fine, the convict would have to spend one more year in prison for each of the two sets of sections, Sharma said