Almost two decades back former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad was party to the Rs. 950-crore fodder scam. In 2017, the law has finally caught up with the RJD supremo, now his identity will be Qaidi No. 3351.
The RJD supremo was taken to Birsa Munda Central Jail, Ranchi, also known as Hotwar Jail soon after a special CBI court on Saturday convicted him and 15 others in a fodder scam case.
The former Bihar chief minister being a VIP prisoner of Birsa Munda Central Jail, Ranchi, may not have to don the jail uniform — black and white — but has already been assigned a number — Qaidi No. 3351. The number will be his only identity for all purposes during his jail term.
He was earlier assigned identity of Qaidi No. 1528 during his jail tenure in 2013.
Lalu Prasad’s new neighbours are Jharia Legislator Sanjeev Singh and a former Jharkhand minister Raja Patar. Singh is serving jail term for murdering Congress leader Neeraj Singh, while Patar is accused of plotting murder of former Minister Ramesh Singh Munda with help of CPI-Maoist.
However, the RJD supremo will not be allowed to interact with other convicts as jail manual bars VIP prisoners from interacting with non-VIP inmates due to security reasons.
According to sources, Lalu Yadav will be assigned task in jail (as per rules) and he will earn Rs. 46/day. A portion of his daily earnings at the Birsa Munda Central Jail would be deposited with the Victims of the Offence Welfare Trust.
A senior jail official not willing to be quoted said, “We will observe him for the next few days and how he adopts to the jail environment. Accordingly, a job will be assigned.”
The RJD Supremo has a bachelor’s degree in political science, a law graduate from Patna Law College and an honorary doctorate from Patna University.