Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years in jail in fodder scam case

08 Января, 2018, 03:39 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
  • Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years in jail in fodder scam case

With RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail and fined Rs 10 lakh by a special CBI court in a fodder scam case, the Bihar Congress on Saturday asserted that Lalu's conviction will not have impact on the party's ties with the RJD in the state.

JDU on Saturday welcomed the fodder scam verdict and hailed it as historic decision in Bihar politics.

The quantum of sentence was announced by the CBI court after a delay of two days via video conferencing. Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others were convicted in a fodder scam case 21 years after it had surfaced while acquitting six others including another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra.

"Come what may Lalu will never get scared, nor will he even kneel down". The case pertained to fraudulent withdrawal of ₹84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district (now in Jharkhand) treasury during the period 1991-94. Post verdict, Prasad was taken into custody and taken to the Birsa Munda Prison in Ranchi. Trial began before the special CBI court, Ranchi in February 2002.

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Last month the anti-corruption court found Yadav guilty of fraudulently withdrawing almost $140,000 from the state treasury in a larger fraud dubbed the "fodder scam", which was worth about 10 billion rupees ($157 million). "We will go to the High Court after studying the sentence and apply for a bail". He has been accused in five cases of fodder scam and convicted in two.

The verdict on Saturday came after two postponements of the pronouncement of the quantum of punishment after the court found the RJD chief guilty in December past year.

Prasad's counsel Chittaranjan Sinha said his client would filed an appeal next week against the verdict in the Jharkhand high court. "It is the end of a chapter".

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