Pappu Yadav under fire in Rs 1 Crore extortion case: Conspiracy theory or political vendetta?

Newly elected Purnea MP, Rajesh Ranjan, also known as Pappu Yadav, is facing serious allegations after a local furniture businessman from Purnea filed an extortion case against him. The businessman claims that Yadav and his associate, Amit Yadav, demanded ₹1 crore in extortion money. In response, Pappu Yadav has dismissed the allegations as a calculated conspiracy aimed at undermining his growing political influence in the state.

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New Delhi: Bihar's Purnea MP, Rajesh Ranjan, popularly known as Pappu Yadav, is facing serious allegations. A local businessman has lodged an extortion case against him and one of his associates. Yadav, however, insists that this is a conspiracy orchestrated by his political opponents to tarnish his reputation. He is calling for a high-level investigation by the Supreme Court to uncover the truth.

Pappu Yadav took to social media to voice his concerns. In a strongly worded post, he wrote, "Those who are upset about my increasing influence in state and country politics have hatched a conspiracy against me which I will expose. I demand a probe under the Supreme Court and the guilty should be hanged."

Questionable timing of allegations

A close associate of Yadav pointed out the suspicious timing of the extortion case. He stated that extortion case was lodged against Pappu Yadav soon after the MP had warned officials and doctors. One can understand the motive behind it.

After winning the Purnea seat, Pappu Yadav made it clear that he would not tolerate corruption. He warned bureaucrats and doctors against exploiting the poor. During a public address, he emphasized that corruption in government offices must end, or those responsible would face consequences. Yadav also announced plans for surprise inspections in hospitals to ensure proper treatment for the underprivileged.

Here's what Pappu Yadav posted on his X account:

What are the charges against Pappu Yadav?

The businessman who filed the FIR against Yadav cited incidents from 2021 and 2023. Yadav's supporters argue that this delay casts doubt on the complaint's authenticity. 

On Monday, the businessman lodged an FIR at the Muffasil police station. The charges include extortion, intentional insult, criminal intimidation, and actions furthering common intent. The local SP confirmed that the case is currently under investigation.

Independent victory in Purnea

Pappu Yadav, who was denied a ticket by the INDIA bloc, ran as an independent candidate and won the Purnea seat, defeating candidates from both JD-U and RJD.

Meetings with Congress leaders

Yadav, currently in Delhi, recently met with Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and Priyanka Gandhi. They discussed the political landscape post-election. In a social media post, Yadav described the meeting as fruitful, stating, 'We had a very good discussion on the present politics in the state and the country."