Fearing jail, Lalu the father in hurry

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  1. parijataka

    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

    Oct 15, 2011
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    Lalu Prasad in a hurry to get his children settled in life as specter of arrest looms again in chara ghotala. Whatever be his political shenanigans, Lalu sure is one of the entertainers of Indian politics.

    Fearing jail, Lalu the father in hurry

    PATNA: All fathers want to see their children settled and Lalu Prasad is no exception. What's exceptional, however, is the frenetic manner in which he has gone about getting three of his daughters married in the last few months at his sprawling Tughlaq Road residence.

    Now there's just the youngest, Rajlakshmi, left to be wedded. One would have thought that even in the hinterland of Phulwaria in Gopalganj, Lalu's rural home, a man who has had six of his daughters married may afford to breathe a little easy. But not so with Lalu; he is deeply worried.

    Not because he has no immediate hope of regaining power in Bihar which he ruled for 15 years, first as the CM and then guiding his wife, Rabri Devi, through the travails of politics. And also not because he was drubbed in the last Lok Sabha elections which led to his exit from Rail Bhavan.

    The real problem is the infamous "chara ghotala" or the fodder scam in which even Lalu's friends fear he may get convicted. "In Ranchi and Dumka treasury cases in the CBI court, Lalu can't escape prosecution," said a close Lalu confidant now in JD(U). "And he knows this, too," he added.

    "It's the fear of the dangling sword of conviction that has made Lalu get his daughters married in quick succession," said a family loyalist. "Lalu is a very responsible and caring father," he said, adding that he has also settled his elder son Tej Pratap with a two-wheeler showroom in Aurangabad. The showroom is called 'LaRa Agencies', after Lalu and Rabri, but his opponents snigger saying it's just right: it rhymes with 'chara'....:p

    Lalu's youngest son Tejaswi, who failed to progress with cricket and never got a chance to play in the IPL, is expected to join politics. Rabri is now MLC and in all likelihood will be made leader of opposition in the Vidhan Parishad.

    Sources say Lalu could be in trouble for case number RC 20/96 which involves illegal withdrawal of Rs 37 crore, expected to be completed in three to four months. The source added that Lalu may be get convicted in this case and could be staring at a possibly longish jail term.

    Witnesses produced by prosecution have deposed against Lalu. "Most witnesses accused Lalu and gave evidence against him. Lalu himself deposed on February 14," said a lawyer.

    Jail isn't an alien place for the Chhapra MP. He was imprisoned four times for brief periods including once in Ranchi. It was in connection with RC 20/96 case that he spent nearly a month in a bacon factory which was temporarily converted into a jail.
  3. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    So, law's long hand is about reach?!

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