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Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav gets 3.5 years in jail

07 January 2018

Ranchi- RJD supremo Lalu Prasad was on Saturday sentenced to three and a half years jail in a fodder scam case.

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.

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. His son Tejashwi Yadav said that they will approach the high court and also apply for bail after studying the sentence.

The RJD went into a huddle immediately after the pronouncement of the sentence.

Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted in the multi-million-rupee fodder scam.

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

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Lalu's son Tejaswwi Yadav, who alleged political vendetta behind the case, stated that his father was not afraid of the verdict.

Earlier in the day, Lalu's wife Rabri Devi has called an emergency meeting to decide the individual roles for party leaders in likely absence of the RJD chief.

The CBI special judge had on December 23 acquitted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the case.

The 16 convicted include three former IAS officers: Phoolchand Mandal, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad.

Prasad was granted bail by the Supreme Court after having spent over two-and-a-half months in jail.

The 900-crore fodder scam was unraveled more twenty years ago in January 1996 and charge-sheet was filed against Prasad as on of the accused persons in June 1997 by CBI. Lalu Prasad was convicted for fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar treasury during 1991-94.

Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav gets 3.5 years in jail