NEW DELHI || Former Bihar chief minister and an accused in the fodder scam, Jagannath Mishra passed away in the union capital on Monday, after a prolonged illness, his family informed. The 82-year-old had been unwell for a very long time and had been granted conditional bail by the Supreme Court (SC) for treatment.
He was elected Chief Minister of Bihar three times. After his brother L.N Mishra’s assassination, Jagannath Mishra became arguably Bihar’s most powerful Congress leader for much of the late seventies and eighties.
Prior to the emergence of the social justice forces under Lalu Prasad Yadav in 1990, Jagannath, by all accounts, was rated as the biggest mass leader in the Congress. He was referred to as “Maulana” Jagannath because of his clout with the Muslims that he had earned by making Urdu as the second official language of the state in 1980.
On September 30, 2013, a special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Ranchi convicted him, along with 44 others, in the Fodder Scam. His wife, Veena Mishra had died in January last year.