Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years Jail in fodder scam

Fodder scam CBI court sentences Lalu Prasad Yadav to 3.5 years in jail

Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years Jail in fodder scam

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.

The Ranchi Special CBI Court sentenced former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav to 3.5 years in jail and imposed Rs 5 lakh fine in fodder scam case. 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 quantum of sentence was announced by the CBI court after a delay of two days via video conferencing. "We will go to the High Court after studying the sentence and apply for a bail".

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Lalu Prasad Yadav's advocate on Friday had filed a plea before Ranchi Special CBI Court demanding minimum punishment to the RJD Chief on health grounds.

Prasad was granted bail by the Supreme Court after having spent over two-and-a-half months in jail. "I am sure our Chief Laluji will attend RJD's crucial meeting tomorrow" says Bihar party chief Ramchandra Purve.

Last month the anti-corruption court found Yadav guilty of fraudulently withdrawing almost $140,000 from the state treasury in a larger fraud dubbed the "fodder scam", which was worth about 10 billion rupees ($157 million). The 16 convicted people include three former IAS officials Phoolchand Mandal, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad.

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He is an accused in four other cases in the fodder scam.

On September 30, 2013, Yadav, Jagannath Mishra and several others were convicted in another case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in the early 1990s.

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