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

Posted January 07, 2018

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. Judge Shivpal Singh pronounced the quantum of sentence via video conferencing.

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. Lalu's son said that he would approach the Patna high court for his father's bail.

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

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. "I am sure our Chief Laluji will attend RJD's crucial meeting tomorrow" says Bihar party chief Ramchandra Purve. However, former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra was acquitted. The Special CBI Court was supposed to sentence the convicts on January 3.

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According to legal experts, Lalu Prasad could apply for bail immediately at the lower court itself if the quantum of sentence happens to be less than three years.

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. The case pertained to fraudulent withdrawal of ₹84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district (now in Jharkhand) treasury during the period 1991-94.

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