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Sadhu says cash for poll expenses

Former RJD MP Anirudh Prasad alias Sadhu Yadav on Monday said Rs 39 lakh cash, which had been recovered from the three thieves on Sunday was a “chanda” (donation) he had received from his well-wishers to contest the Lok Sabha polls.

Incidentally, Sadhu did not contest the election.

Sadhu, brother-in-law of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, initially said he would contest the election as an Independent from Saran. With his sister Rabri Devi filing nomination from the same constituency on the RJD ticket, Sadhu dropped his decision. Later, he said he would contest from Maharajganj. However, Sadhu dropped the idea of contesting the polls altogether.

“The money recovered from the thieves was given to me as donation by my well-wishers to contest the elections. I don’t understand what is the fuss all about? I have got a complete calculation of the money and am regular when it comes to paying my income tax returns too. The 2kg ornaments, recovered from the thieves, are traditional ones that we inherited from our ancestors. I am always ready to cooperate with the police,” he told The Telegraph today.

According to the limit fixed by the Election Commission, anyone contesting Lok Sabha elections can spend up to Rs 70 lakh for campaigning.

On Sunday, the police had arrested three persons, who had broke into the residence of Sadhu late on June 11 night and had stolen cash and ornaments.

In the FIR lodged by Sadhu, he had mentioned that a lot of cash and jewellery had been taken away but did not mention any amount. Sadhu’s residence is located in the Mitramandal Colony locality under the Phulwarisharif police station area. During interrogation, the men confessed to have stolen the cash and ornaments from Sadhu’s residence.

With senior police officers refusing to make any comments on the case for now, sources said just like in the case of Nawada MP Giriraj Singh, the men in uniform were thinking about informing the recovery to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) too. “The income tax department has already been alerted. We want to forward the matter to the ED as Rs 1,047 worth of Nepalese currency has also been recovered,” a police officer said on condition of anonymity.

However, Sadhu said: “I am not at all worried about anything as I am on the right side of the law.”