Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Three and a half year in jail for Lalu Prasad Yadav

Three and a half year in jail for Lalu Prasad Yadav

Ranchi: 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.

Lalu Yadav faces trial in three more cases relating to the fodder scam, locally called the "chara ghotala".

Earlier, during a press conference Lalu's wife Rabari Devi said that they had full faith in judiciary and they would accept the verdict, whatever it may be.

Lalu has been convicted in one of the cases of the fodder scam, wherein Rs. 900 crore from the Bihar exchequer was siphoned off under the pretext of purchasing fodder for livestock, during the '80s and '90s.

The court sentenced all 16 convicts in the case, from seven years to three-and-a-half years.

He was fined Rs 5 lakh for each case, failing which he would serve another six months in jail, a CBI counsel said. The 1997 fodder scam case had virtually brought down his political career.

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"An open jail is best for these people (convicts), as they also have experience of cow farming", the judge was quoted as saying by the ANI. "We will go to the High Court after studying the sentence and apply for a bail", said Tejashwi Yadav, RJD leader and son of Lalu Prasad.

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 a year ago.

On Friday, the seasoned politician urged the court to give him minimum punishment, citing health issues.

He was convicted by the court on December 23, 2017, and has been lodged in Birsa Munda prison since then. "Our charges against Lalu has been vindicated by Court", said Sushil Modi, deputy chief minister of Bihar.

The court had, however, acquitted six others including former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra in the case.

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