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India minister cleared of charge
Laloo Prasad Yadav [Pix: Prashant Ravi]
Mr Yadav is one of India's most colourful politicians Pic: Prashant Ravi
A court in India has acquitted railway minister Laloo Prasad Yadav in a long-running corruption case.

Mr Yadav was charged with amassing 4.6m rupees (more than $100,000) between 1990 and 1997 when he was the chief minister of Bihar state.

His wife, Rabri Devi, a former chief minister of Bihar, was also found not guilty by the court.

The charges relate to a case known as the "fodder scam", which first came to light in 1996.

Mr Yadav was charged with embezzling state funds intended to be spent on animal fodder while he was chief minister of Bihar.

The country's top detective agency, Central Bureau of Investigation, had charged the minister with having assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Reacting to Monday's verdict by a special court in Bihar's capital, Patna, Mr Yadav said "justice has been done".

Laloo Prasad Yadav is one of India's most colourful politicians. He leads an influential regional party in Bihar that is allied with the Congress Party in India's national parliament.

He resigned as chief minister of Bihar after the allegations of corruption arose. His wife Rabri Devi was installed in his place.

Mr Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal party lost power in state elections last year.



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