The Hush Post: It’s a double shock for RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav. A day after he was sentenced to three and a half years of imprisonment in a fodder scam case by a special CBI court, his only sister Gangotri Devi died on Sunday.
Family membes claimed that Gangotri Devi, 75, apparently could not bear the shock of her brother’s jail term as she had been continuously praying for his release.
Her cousin Ramanand Yadav said,”She did not have any disease but she was ill for the past two days and was coughing. She was depressed after she heard that Lalu ji has been sent to jail for three-and-half years. The doctor said she died due to a heart attack.”
“She died of severe aortic stenosis (constriction of the heart valve, which led to frequent breathlessness), acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) and left ventricle dysfunction,” one of the doctors attending on Devi told a national daily.
“We are going to move an application soon,” Prasad’s son and former deputy chief minister of Bihar Tejashwi told media persons when asked if the RJD chief would seek parole for sister’s funeral.
Soon after Gangotri’s death, Lalu’s family, including his sons Tejaswi and Tej Pratap Yadav, and wife Rabri Devi rushed to the peon quarter of the veterinary college in Patna where her son Rudal Yadav stays and where Lalu Prasad also used to stay with his family prior to becoming the chief minister of minister of Bihar in 1990. He had stayed at this peon quarter even six months after becoming the chief minister and held many cabinet meetings in the outhouse. Lalu had six brothers of whom three have died, and Gangotri was the eldest sibling.
Prasad is lodged in neighbouring Jharkhand’s Birsa Munda Central Jail in the state capital Ranchi.Had Lalu got less than three years of jail, he would have immediately got bail from the court. He will now have to move the Ranchi High Court for bail.
The special CBI court in Ranchi on Saturday sentenced Lalu to three and a half years of imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 5 lakh in connection with fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Devghar treasury between 1994 and 1996 of undivided Bihar (now in Jharkhand). Fifteen others were also sentenced by the court.