New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra has passed away in Delhi after a prolonged illness. He was 82. Mishra became the chief minister of Bihar thrice. 

The 82-year-old started out his career as a professor and went on to become Chief Minister of Bihar three times from Congress party. Mishra also served as a Union minister. Currently, he was a member of Bhartiya Jan Congress (Rashtriya). 

Expressing his grief over Mishra's death, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar declared a three-day state mourning in the state and said that the the former CM will be cremated with state honours.  

"Jagannath Mishra was a famous leader and educationist. He made an invaluable contribution to the politics of Bihar and India. His death is an irreparable loss in the field of politics, society, and education," Nitish Kumar said in a statement.

Mishra was convicted, along with RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, in a fodder scam case in 2018. This was the second fodder scam case in which Mishra was convicted. In 2013, he was convicted in the first case along with Prasad.

However, On December 23, 2017, when the RJD boss was convicted in a third fodder scam case, Mishra was acquitted.

In 2018, a special CBI court sentenced Jagannath Mishra and Lalu Prasad to five years in jail in the fodder scam case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.62 crore from Chaibasad treasury.

The over Rs 900-crore fodder scam cases related to illegal withdrawal of money from government treasury in different districts in the Animal Husbandry department in undivided Bihar in the 1990s when RJD was in power in the state.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma