Three and a half year in jail for Lalu Prasad Yadav

07 January, 2018, 08:07 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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The special CBI court in Ranchi pronounced three and half years imprisonment for RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in a fodder scam case on Saturday.

On 23 December, a special CBI court in Ranchi had convicted former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad and 15 others in the second of six fodder scam cases. The Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi also imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief.

The other convicts in the case - Phool Chand, Mahesh Prasad, Bake Julious, Sunil Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Sudhir Kumar and Raja Ram - were sentenced to three and a half years in jail and levied a fine of Rs 5 lakh each, reported ANI.

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

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Soon after the announcement of quantum of punishment, RJD leaders said that they would appeal against the sentence in a higher court. The court had found his predecessor and former CM of Bihar Jagannath Mishra not guilty and acquitted him of all charges. Earlier, RJD leader Rabri Devi called an emergency meeting of the party before Lalu Prasad Yadav's sentencing in fodder scam case.

Lalu and others were convicted in the case on December 23. Post verdict, Prasad was taken into custody and taken to the Birsa Munda Prison in Ranchi.

There were 34 accused in the case, out of which 11 died during the trial, while one turned CBI approver and admitted to the crime. 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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