Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years in jail in fodder scam case

Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years in jail in fodder scam case

As per the media reports a special CBI court formed to investigate Rs 950 crores fodder scam against former Bihar Chief Minister and chief of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Lalu Prasad Yadav, on Saturday handed a jail term of 3.5 years and imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakhs.

Lalu Prasad is also facing trial in three more cases relating to the fodder scam, also known as "chara ghotala". Last year, Nitish Kumar dissolved his alliance with Lalu Yadav and the Congress and partnered with the BJP instead. 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. After being in jail for two months, he got bail from the Supreme Court. He was asked to pay a fine of five lakhs.

The presiding judge said, "An open jail is best for these people (convicts), as they also have experience of cow farming'".

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".

On Friday, citing illness and old age, Lalu had sought leniency from the court.

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The case pertains to an alleged withdrawal of Rs. 89.27 lakh from Deoghar district treasury between 1994 and 1996.

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

Prasad's counsel Chittaranjan Sinha said his client would filed an appeal next week against the verdict in the Jharkhand high court.

The verdict on Saturday came after two postponements of the pronouncement of the quantum of punishment after the court found the RJD chief guilty in December a year ago. The court had found his predecessor and former CM of Bihar Jagannath Mishra not guilty and acquitted him of all charges.

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