Nine petitioners had appealed for getting the CBI to probe the fodder scam. After the verdict,their reactions varied from delight to apparent nonchalance.
Former deputy CM and BJP legislature party leader Sushil Kumar Modi made no attempt to conceal his glee,but Bihar Congress media in-charge Premchand Mishra simply called the verdict a culmination of the judicial process. The third key petitioner,Shivanand Tiwari,now a JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP,was ironically once a minister in the RJD government.
Modi,who has kept up the pressure as leader of opposition,told The Indian Express: We have kept the fight against Lalu Prasad going in various political ways. We had also published a booklet on fodder and other scams that took place during RJD rule. We hail the verdict.
Modi tweeted: Lalu got what he deserved. In another tweet,he said,After exposure of this scam,corruption at the top level in Bihar was completely stopped. Modi made a mention of then CBI officer Upen Biswas for building a foolproof case.
Premchand Mishra said,I hail the verdict. It is part of a culmination of the judicial process. He also lauded the Congresss plans to withdraw the ordinance on convicted politicians after Rahul Gandhis outburst.
Mishra had seldom been backed by his party in his crusade against Lalu. In fact,then Congress president Sitaram Kesri had suspended him in 1997 for taking on Lalu. It was only after Sonia Gandhi took over the party reins that the suspension was revoked. Mishra said: No point going overboard with political reactions over such verdicts.
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