Lalu Yadav, On 3-Day Parole, Reaches Patna For Son's Wedding

Lalu Yadav, 69, who has been convicted in three fodder scam cases by a special CBI court in Ranchi since December last year, had sought a five-day parole.

Lalu Yadav, On 3-Day Parole, Reaches Patna For Son's Wedding

Lalu Yadav has been granted a 3-day parole to attend his son's wedding. (PTI)

Ranchi/Patna:  Jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad was on Thursday released on a three-day parole after which he flew to Patna to attend his son's wedding on Saturday.

Lalu Yadav, 69, who has been convicted in three fodder scam cases by a special CBI court in Ranchi since December last year, had sought a five-day parole.

On arrival at Patna, the former Bihar chief minister was welcomed by family members and supporters.

His eldest daughter and Rajya Sabha member Misa Bharti, elder son Tej Pratap Yadav - who is getting married on Saturday - and the youngest offspring and heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav were at the Jay Prakash Narayan Airport to receive their father.

The jailed RJD chief had been undergoing treatment at the RIMS hospital in Ranchi. He could not attend the engagement ceremony of his son in Patna on April 18 following which Tej Pratap had tweeted "Miss you PAPA".

Inspector General of Prison Harsh Mangla told PTI at Ranchi that Lalu Yadav has been granted parole for three days.

When asked about Lalu Yadav being granted a three-day parole though he had prayed for five days, the Jharkhand Prison IG said, "We decided on the matter considering the need."

He, however, said that as per the rules, the travel time is not counted in the duration of the parole.

Bhola Yadav, RJD General Secretary and a close aide of Lalu Yadav, accompanied him from Ranchi. He said the RJD chief is likely to return to Ranchi on May 14 on completion of parole.

Tej Pratap Yadav's marriage with daughter of RJD MLA Chandrika Rai is scheduled on May 12 in Patna.

The RJD chief was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) In Delhi on March 29 for specialised treatment and was discharged on April 30. The hospital had said his condition had improved significantly but the former Bihar chief minister alleged a "political conspiracy" behind his discharge.

At Patna, the Indigo flight taken by RJD chief arrived from Ranchi on schedule at about 6.40 PM. Lalu Yadav came out of the airport on a wheelchair minutes later.

A large posse of mediapersons waited outside, many of them for hours together, and made a frenetic bid to catch an image of the RJD leader on their cameras and mobile phones.

Lalu Yadav, flanked by his children and security personnel, was escorted to a white SUV which took him to 10, Circular Road, the bungalow allotted to his wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi, a couple of kilometres away.

In Patna, a heavy deployment of police was in place at the airport as well as on the route leading to Rabri Devi's residence, which is a stone's throw from the official residence of the chief minister and the Raj Bhavan.

Supporters, many of them coming from far-off districts including Gopalganj, stood on the roadside at various points and raised slogans when the vehicle passed in front of them.

The celebratory mood was palpable at 2, Virchand Patel Marg, the party's state headquarters, where RJD workers - including women - smeared "gulaal" on each other's faces and lighted earthen lamps which were placed in a pattern that flashed the message 'WELCOME LALU'.

"There is absolutely no doubt that injustice is being done to Lalu. But we shall let the people of Bihar take those responsible to task for that.

"At present it is celebration time and we would like to forget all shikwa-shikayat (grievances and resentment," party national spokesman and Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha said.

The 10, Circular Road bungalow of Rabri Devi has been abuzz with wedding preparations for the past few days.

A number of political leaders are expected to attend the wedding of Tej Pratap Yadav and Aishwarya Rai. The bride's grandfather Daroga Rai was the chief minister of Bihar in early 70s from Congress.

Prominent among those who have been invited to the wedding are UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Bihar Governor Satya Pal Mallik, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and Chief Justice of the Patna High Court Rajendra K Menon and Yoga guru Ramdev.

Pandals have been also erected at the house of Rabri Devi where pre-wedding rituals will be conducted as well as at the residence of Chandrika Rai, where the marriage will take place in a traditional way.

In Lalu Yadav's native Phulwaria block in Gopalganj district, his nephew Ramanand Yadav said that they had received an invitation and so have many others in the village.

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