Bihar businessman accuses newly-elected MP Pappu Yadav of demanding Rs 1 crore extortion, case registered

Jun 11, 2024

Bihar: Newly-elected Member of Parliament (MP) from Bihar's Purnia seat, Rajesh Ranjan aka Pappu Yadav has been accused by a businessman of trying to extort money. A case has been filed in this matter.

According to a statement issued by the police in Purnea district, Yadav summoned the complainant, who runs a furnishing business in his constituency, to his residence on June 4, when counting of votes took place, and asked him to cough up "Rs 1 crore".

"The complainant alleged that Yadav, who had earlier made similar demands in 2021 and 2023, threatened to kill him if the demand was not met and warned him that he would have to deal with the MP for the next five years," the police statement read.

Based on the complaint, a case has been registered against the MP and his close aide Amit Yadav at mofussil police station, under sections of the Indian Penal Code and investigation was underway.

Yadav, who has often been accused of strongarm tactics in a political career spanning over three decades, got elected from Purnea seat, which he wrested from two-term JD (U) MP Santosh Kushwaha.

Married to Congress Rajya Sabha MP Ranjit Ranjan, Yadav had merged his Jan Adhikar Party with the grand old party ahead of the polls, but contested as an Independent following reluctance of the party to enter into a "friendly fight" with ally RJD.

RJD candidate Bima Bharti, a JD (U) turncoat who had crossed over giving up her membership of the state assembly, finished third and ended up losing her deposit.

Yadav won by a margin of 23,847 votes over Kushwaha. The Independent candidate polled over 5.67 lakh votes, while the JD (U) nominee polled 5.43 lakh votes. Bharti managed to bag only 27,120 votes.

With inputs from PTI