Janata Dal defends Laloo Yadav
Tara Shankar Sahay in New Delhi
The Janata Dal's political affairs committee has defended Bihar Chief Minister
Laloo Prasad Yadav who was interrogated by the
Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday about his alleged involvement in the
Rs 10 billion animal fodder scam.
JD Working President Sharad Yadav told reporters after the PAC meeting
on Wednesday night, "Mr
Biswas is not a judge and he should stay within his capacity of
a government official." The reference was
to U V Biswas, the CBI's joint director (east) who headed
the six-member team which interrogated Laloo Yadav for nine hours.
Biswas had hinted to reporters on Tuesday that the
Bihar chief minister was likely to be chargesheeted in the scam.
Sharad Yadav said there was nothing wrong
in the Bihar chief minister being questioned by the CBI since
42 people had already been interrogated in the matter. He
attacked Biswas's 'over-enthusiasm' to nail the Bihar
Sharad Yadav also moved quickly to remove the apprehension
that some of the United Front's constituents were interfering with
the Budget-making process. "The Budget," he stressed, "is the
prerogative of the prime minister and the finance minister
even though the government welcomed suggestions from
When reporters asked him about the UF's relationship with the Congress, Sharad Yadav
pointed out that following Tuesday's meeting between the prime
minister and Congress president Sitaram Kesri, the threat of
the central government being dislodged from power
had been averted for the time being.