Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years in jail in fodder scam case

Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years in jail in fodder scam case

The CBI court had convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in the fodder scam case on December 23.

A total of six cases related to the scam, were being probed by the investigation authorities. Meanwhile, addressing a press conference in Patna, Lalu's son Tejashwi Yadav said the party would go to the people after makarsankranti to make them aware of the "conspiracy" hatched by Nitish Kumar and the BJP against the RJD chief.

He also slapped a Rs 5 lakh fine on the former Bihar Chief Minister.

A special CBI court in Ranchi pronounced the quantum of punishment for Lalu a few minutes ago. After being in jail for two months, he got bail from the Supreme Court.

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The court also said if he fails to furnish the fine, his jail term would extend by six months.

Lalu was found guilty in another fodder scam case in 2013 after which he had to resign from his Lok Sabha seat.

"An open jail is best for these people (convicts), as they also have experience of cow farming", the judge was quoted as saying by the ANI.

The 69-year-old RJD supremo, in a written plea on Thursday, had sought leniency from the CBI court citing illness and old age, according to his counsel Chittaranjan Prasad. Lalu Prasad was convicted for fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar treasury during 1991-94.

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"The special court's judgement to convict and sentence Lalu Prasad will not have impact on forces fighting for secularism and social justice".

He was convicted by the court on December 23, 2017, and has been lodged in Birsa Munda prison since then. "I am sure our Chief Laluji will attend RJD's crucial meeting tomorrow" says Bihar party chief Ramchandra Purve.

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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