Three and a half year in jail for Lalu Prasad Yadav

Violet Powell
January 7, 2018

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad has been sentenced to 3 and half years in jail in a fodder scam case.

The CBI court had on December 23 convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in the case relating to the multi-million-rupee scam. The court also imposed Rs 5 Lakh fine on Lalu. Lalu could have got bail if he is sentenced to less than three years in prison.

He also added that they will approach the High Court for bail.

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".

Tejashwi Yadav son of Lalu Prasad YadavIANS

Lalu Prasad is at present cooling his heels in Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi.

Reacting to the verdict, the BJP and its ally JD (U) said no one was above the law while the RJD claimed its leader fell prey to a "conspiracy" by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the saffron party.

Special CBI court judge, Shivpal Singh had acquitted six others, including former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra in the case. The Special CBI Court was supposed to sentence the convicts on January 3. "If he fails to deposit the penalty money, it will amount to six more months of imprisonment to him", Prabhat Kumar, counsel for Lalu Prasad told media persons.

In the fodder scam case, out of 22 accused, 16 were convicted. Today's hearing on the quantum of sentence pertains to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury when Lalu Yadav was the CM of Bihar between 1991 and 1994.

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