Inside The Land for Jobs Scandal: The Curious Case Of Lalu, Rabri Devi, And Misa Bharti
In a recent development in the Land-for-Jobs affair, Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi, and their daughter Misa Bharti have been acquitted by a special court in Delhi. The case, which had been going on for over a decade, pertained to the allocation of prime land in exchange for jobs in the railways during Lalu Prasad Yadav's tenure as the railway minister.The court cited lack of evidence as the reason for the acquittal, much to the relief of the accused and their supporters. Lalu Prasad Yadav, who was serving a sentence in another case, expressed
his gratitude to the judiciary and reiterated his commitment to fight for social justice.The Land-for-Jobs affair had come to light in 2008 when the CBI registered a case against Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rabri Devi, Misa Bharti, and several others. The accused were alleged to have conspired to exchange prime land in Patna for jobs in the railways. The CBI had claimed that the accused had caused a loss of around Rs. 90 crores to the exchequer.However, the defence had maintained that there was no evidence to prove that any land had been exchanged for jobs. The
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defence had also argued that the case was politically motivated and aimed at tarnishing the image of Lalu Prasad Yadav, who was then a prominent leader of the opposition.Over the years, the case had gone through several twists and turns, with the accused seeking bail and the prosecution presenting evidence in court. In 2013, the Supreme Court had transferred the case from Patna to Delhi, citing concerns over the impartiality of the trial.The trial in Delhi had been going on for several years, with the court examining over 200 witnesses and analysing volumes of documentary evidence.
However, in the end, the court found no evidence to prove the allegations against the accused.The acquittal of Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rabri Devi, and Misa Bharti has been welcomed by their supporters, who had been eagerly awaiting the verdict. The verdict is seen as a major relief for Lalu Prasad Yadav, who has been facing multiple cases and health issues.The Land-for-Jobs affair had been one of the most high-profile cases of corruption in the country, and the acquittal of the accused has raised questions about the effectiveness of the justice system in dealing with such cases.