Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years Jail in fodder scam

Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years Jail in fodder scam

Lalu Prasad has already been convicted by trial court and sentenced to five years jail term in Chaibasa treasury withdrawal case connected to the fodder scam.

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. A bail plea will also be moved in the high court, Tejashwi told a press conference at the residence of his mother and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi.

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court had on December 23 convicted the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and 15 others in a case relating to the multi-million-rupee fodder scam. After being in jail for two months, he got bail from the Supreme Court. They were pronounced guilty for engaging in fraudulent transactions worth Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994. Trial began before the special CBI court, Ranchi in February 2002.

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.

"The special court's judgement to convict and sentence Lalu Prasad will not have impact on forces fighting for secularism and social justice". "It will now be hard to keep the RJD together and people in politics will be fearful", he said, when asked about the significance of the court's verdict. However, it did cost him his Lok Sabha seat.

Soon after the announcement of quantum of punishment, RJD leaders said that they would appeal against the sentence in a higher court.

While quoting party's state president Ramchandra Purve, it is reported by the media sources that, Tejashwi Yadav, Leader of Opposition and Lalu's son, is likely to become the party's CM face for the 2020 Assembly post. "It is the end of a chapter", said K.C. Tyagi, JDU leader.

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