Congress Rajya Sabha MP Rashid Masood yesterday had become the first lawmaker to formally lose his Parliament seat after the July 10 Supreme Court verdict which had struck down as ultra vires the Constitution sub-section 4 of Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act.
The amendment had stipulated a three-month grace period for MPs, MLAs and MLCs to avoid disqualification till pendency of their appeal against conviction in a higher court.
Lalu Prasad, who was handed down a five-year sentence by a CBI court in Ranchi, had moved the Jharkhand High Court against the verdict and also sought bail.
The former Bihar CM is lodged in the Birsa Munda prison in Ranchi.
Masood, as MOs health between 1990 and 1991 in the VP Singh government, was found guilty of conspiring to nominate undeserving candidates to MBBS seats allotted to Tripura from the central pool.
Besides Lalu Prasad and Sharma, the CBI court had also convicted another former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and 42 others for fraudulently drawing Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa treasury during the RJD regime in the 1990s.
In Patna, Rabri Devi asserted that the political career of her husband will remain unaffected by his disqualification from the Lok Sabha.
She told a section of the media that Lalu Prasad would emerge stronger from the adverse circumstances and his political influence was increasing day by day.
Mrs Rabri Devi maintained that she reposed full faith in the Supreme Court which would acquit the RJD leader.