Fodder scam: RJD Chief Lalu Prasad sentenced to 3.5 years in jail

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted by the court

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted by the court

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.

Yadav, a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was convicted in a first fodder scam case in 2013 and sentenced to five years in jail.

Prasad's son and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said in Patna a bail plea will also be moved in the high court.

However, the court could not pronounce the quantum of punishment on January 5 as well and the sentencing deferred for one more day.

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

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The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and 15 others were convicted on December 23 in a case related to the multi-million-rupee fodder scam by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court.

Special CBI court judge, Shivpal Singh had acquitted six others, including former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra in the case.

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

The trial was completed on December 13 in the CBI court and 10 days later he was convicted. The 16 convicted people include three former IAS officials Phoolchand Mandal, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad.

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