Rajesh Ranjan (1961/1962), better known as Pappu Yadav, is an Indian politician from Rashtriya Janata Dal. He won elections to the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Parliament of India) in 1991, 1996, 1999, and in 2004 from several constituencies in Bihar as an Independent / SP / LJP / RJD candidate. In February 2008, he was convicted in the murder of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) legislator Ajit Sarkar and sentenced to life imprisonment. Subsequently he was debarred from the 2009 general election.Mr. Yadav’s is believed to be affiliated to the Congress. Pappu Yadav defeated Sharad Yadav in 2014 general elections. His wife Ranjeet Ranjan, a former MP, is a Congress leader.
Pappu Yadav was born some time in 1961 or 1962 to a farming family in Khurda Karveli, Madhepura district. He is considered as a local robinhood amongst his village men as he helped them in getting cured by doctor for free of cost even he settled the electricity problem in his constituency after winning first assembly election.
He was elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly from Singheshwarsthan, Madhepura in 1990 as an independent candidate, and in 1991 he contested and won through to the 10th Lok Sabha from Purnia. He was at various times a member of RJD, the Samajwadi Party and the Lok Janshakti Party.
Purulia Arms Drop case
Pappu Yadav was acquitted in legislator Ajit Sarkar's murder case in May 2013.He was also accused for facilitating Kim Davy's(prime accuse in Purulia Arms Drop case) safe exit from India.
- Pappu Yadav returns to RJD, gets ticket from Bihar's Madhepura
- BJP wipes out Nitish’s JDU in Bihar, Sharad Yadav humbled
- "‘Supreme Court will be moved against Pappu Yadav's acquittal'". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 18 May 2013.