Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Money | By Michele Stevens

Fodder scam verdict: Lalu Prasad Yadav Sentenced To 3.5 years in jail

Fodder scam verdict: Lalu Prasad Yadav Sentenced To 3.5 years in jail

RJD chief Lalu Prasad was on Saturday sentenced to three and a half years in prison and fined Rs 5 lakh by a special CBI court in the second fodder scam case. "If Lalu ji had done compromise with BJP, he would be the most truthful person for them like Raja Harishchandra". Last year, Nitish Kumar dissolved his alliance with Lalu Yadav and the Congress and partnered with the BJP instead.

The CBI judge pronounced the quantum of sentence to all 16 convicts in the fodder scam case through video conference.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and 15 others were convicted on December 23 in a case related to the multi-million-rupee fodder scam by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court. Lalu was subsequently disqualified from contesting elections for 11 years. Trial began before the special CBI court, Ranchi in February 2002. The case pertained to fraudulent withdrawal of ₹84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district (now in Jharkhand) treasury during the period 1991-94.

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The counsel said failure to pay a fine of Rs 5 lakh each under the IPC and the PCA would entail another six months in jail for the RJD leader. However, it did cost him his Lok Sabha seat.

At the emergency meeting of the party today, Tejashwi Yadav said the people were with Lalu Yadav.

Furthermore, in the wake of court's ruling and pronouncement of sentence against Lalu Prasad Yadav senior members of the RJD are expected to meet today to discuss the party's strategy and the "emerging political situation".

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Meanwhile, Lalu's son and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said that the trial court's decision will be challenged in the high court.

In 1996, the Patna High Court had ordered an inquiry into the fodder scam cases and a charge sheet in the Deogarh Treasury case was filed against 38 people on October 27, 1997. "It is the end of a chapter", said K.C. Tyagi, JDU leader.

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