Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav gets 3.5 years in jail

Convicted former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad arrives at the special CBI court in Ranchi in connection with the fodder scam case

A Special CBI Court on Saturday handed out three and half year jail term to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who was found guilty in the fodder scam case.

Special CBI judge Shivpal Singh announced the sentence after hearing arguments on quantum of sentencing. He was asked to pay a fine of five lakhs.

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. "We will go to the High Court after studying the sentence and apply for a bail", said Tejashwi Yadav, RJD leader and son of Lalu Prasad.

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. He was sent to Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi.




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

Reacting to the verdict, the BJP and its ally JD (U) said no one was above the law while the RJD claimed its leader fell prey to a "conspiracy" by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the saffron party.

The trial in the case was completed on December 13 in the special CBI court and 10 days later, he was convicted on December 23.

The 900-crore fodder scam was unraveled more twenty years ago in January 1996 and charge-sheet was filed against Prasad as on of the accused persons in June 1997 by CBI. 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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