Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav gets 3.5 years in jail

08 January, 2018, 03:39 | Author: Luis Fowler
  • Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav gets 3.5 years in jail

The RJD chief was on Saturday sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail and fined Rs. 10 lakh by a special CBI court in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury 21 years ago.

The Ranchi Special CBI Court sentenced former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav to 3.5 years in jail and imposed Rs 5 lakh fine in fodder scam case. He was asked to pay a fine of five lakhs. "It is clear that the BJP-RSS combine is scared of Lalu even while he is in jail and is doing all that it can to silence Lalu's voice", said Tejashwi, while addressing a press conference. His son Tejashwi Yadav said that they will approach the high court and also apply for bail after studying the sentence. "If Lalu ji had done compromise with BJP, he would be the most truthful person for them like Raja Harishchandra". The 1997 fodder scam case had virtually brought down his political career.

Lalu Yadav on Friday had filed a plea seeking minimum punishment for himself citing his poor health condition.

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He was convicted by the court on December 23, 2017, and has been lodged in Birsa Munda prison since then.

However, the court could not pronounce the quantum of punishment on January 5 as well and the sentencing deferred for one more day.

Tejashwi, against whom a contempt notice has been issued by the CBI court for criticizing its December 23 judgement whereby Lalu was convicted, said, "The lower court has pronounced its judgement which we respect". "It will now be hard to keep the RJD together and people in politics will be fearful", he said, when asked about the significance of the court's verdict. The court had found his predecessor and former CM of Bihar Jagannath Mishra not guilty and acquitted him of all charges.

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