Controversial former RJD MP Pappu Yadav today came out of the jail here after being acquitted by the Patna High Court in CPI(M) leader Ajit Sarkar murder case for lack of evidence. Yadav,who was lodged in Beur jail,was received by his former MP wife Ranjeeta Ranjan and a large number of his supporters outside the jail.
Ranjeeta Ranjan is now a Congress member. After being convicted in the murder case by a lower court in 2008,Yadav was in Beur jail.
Last week a division bench of the Patna High Court comprising Justices V N Sinha and K K Lal had set aside the February 2008 conviction of Yadav and two other accused – Rajan Tiwari and Anil Kumar Yadav – by a lower court and acquitted them of all charges in connection with Sarkar’s killing nearly 15 years ago.
The court had also directed the authorities to release Yadav from jail forthwith if he was not wanted in any other case. Sarkar,a former CPI(M) legislator,was shot dead by unidentified persons in Purnia district on June 14,1998.