Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav gets 3.5 years in jail

Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav gets 3.5 years in jail

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who has been recently convicted by the special CBI court in the fodder scam case is sentenced to Three and half Years in Jail and also imposed Five Lakh Fine.

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court had on December 23 convicted the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and 15 others in a case relating to the multi-million-rupee fodder scam. The court also imposed Rs 5 Lakh fine on Lalu.

The quantum of sentence was announced by the CBI court after a delay of two days via video conferencing. "We will go to the High Court after studying the sentence and apply for a bail".

The fodder scam involved the embezzlement of more than Rs. 970 crore in government funds in the 1990s during Lalu Yadav's term as the Chief Minister of undivided Bihar from 1990 to 1997.

Lalu was found guilty in another fodder scam case in 2013 after which he had to resign from his Lok Sabha seat.

The quantum of punishment was pronounced on Saturday after being postponed twice this week.

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The presiding judge said, "An open jail is best for these people (convicts), as they also have experience of cow farming'".

On Friday, Lalu Prasad sought a minimum punishment citing health issues.

"The special court's judgement to convict and sentence Lalu Prasad will not have impact on forces fighting for secularism and social justice".

On the other hand, BJP and its ally JD (U) said that no one is above the law, after the RJD said its leader has fallen prey to a "conspiracy" by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the saffron party.

Media reports quoting the opinions of lawyers said that the veteran politician can be awarded three to seven years in prison.

The court had, however, acquitted six others including former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra in the case. The conviction in this case pertains to embezzling of more than Rs89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

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