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Fodder Scam Case: All You Need to Know About Jagannath Mishra

Dr Jagannath Mishra began his career as a lecturer and later became a professor of economics at Bihar University.

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  • Name: Jagannath Mishra
  • Age: 70
  • Year of birth: 1937
  • Place of birth: Bihar
  • Educational qualification: BA (Hons) from TNB College, Bhagalpur, MA (Economic) from LS College, Muzaffarpur and PhD (Public Finance) from Bihar University.
  • Son: Naveen Mishra
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Jagannath Mishra, a teacher and then a politician, went on to become the chief minister of Bihar thrice. He also served as a minister in the Union Cabinet and was formerly a member of the Indian National Congress, before leaving Congress to join the Nationalist Congress Party and later the Janata Dal (United).

Jagannath Mishra's son Nitish Mishra is also a politician. Nitish has served as cabinet minister in the Government of Bihar. His nephew Vijay Kumar Mishra is a member of the Legislative Assembly, and another nephew of his is CEO of Lok Sabha TV.

Career and Repute

Dr Jagannath Mishra began his career as a lecturer and later became a professor of economics at Bihar University, before stepping into politics. He was also strongly involved in Saint Vinoda Bhave's Bhoodan Movement between 1953 and 1960. Within the scope of that movement, he donated most of his inherited land to the landless.

Mishra has written about 40 research papers and guided 20 PhD Dissertations on Economics. However, he did suffer significant taint to his repute when he was convicted, along with 44 others, in a fodder scam case by a CBI court in 2013.

Acquitted in the Second Fodder Scam

On Saturday, 23 December, Jagannath Mishra was acquitted by a special CBI court in Ranchi in the second fodder case. RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was, however, convicted in the same.

This is victory of truth & judiciary. We have to wait, suffer a lot, but justice prevails in the end. I wasn’t even a min. I have been a political rival of Lalu Yadav. How can I be in conspiracy with a man who mistreated me?
Jagannath Mishra, ex Bihar Chief Minister

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