Three and a half year in jail for Lalu Prasad Yadav

Three and a half year in jail for Lalu Prasad Yadav

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who has been recently convicted by the special CBI court in the fodder scam case is sentenced to Three and half Years in Jail and also imposed Five Lakh Fine.

He was fined Rs 5 lakh for each case, failing which he would serve another six months in jail, a CBI counsel said.

Apart from Lalu Yadav, other convicts Phool Chand, Mahesh Prasad, Bake Julius, Sunil Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Sudhir Kumar and Raja Ram were also sentenced to 3.5 years in jail.

He also added that they will approach the High Court for bail. The conviction means he can not contest an election and he faces at least one more case.

In the fodder scam case, out of 22 accused, 16 were convicted.

Earlier today, while hearing the case, the judge said that 'an open jail is best for these people (convicts), as they also have experience of cow farming.

Former Bihar CM and RJD leader Rabri Devi
Former Bihar CM and RJD leader Rabri Devi

Lalu Yadav on Friday had filed a plea seeking minimum punishment for himself citing his poor health condition.

Tejashwi, against whom a contempt notice has been issued by the CBI court for criticizing its December 23 judgement whereby Lalu was convicted, said, "The lower court has pronounced its judgement which we respect".

The RJD supremo is lodged in the Hotwar Central Jail in Ranchi since December 23.

The case pertains to an alleged withdrawal of Rs. 89.27 lakh from Deoghar district treasury between 1994 and 1996. Lalu was subsequently disqualified from contesting elections for 11 years.

RJD sources said that the party would appeal against the verdict. Lalu Prasad was the Chief Minister of then undivided Bihar from 1990 to 1997.

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

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