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Fodder Scam: Special CBI Court Sentences Lalu Prasad Yadav To 3.5 Years In Jail

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| January 6 , 2018 , 17:13 IST

A Special CBI court in Ranchi on Saturday sentenced former Bihar CM and Rashtriya Janata Dal Supremo, Lalu Prasad Yadav to 3 and half years of imprisonment. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 5 lacks on Yadav.

Justice Shivpal Singh announced the verdict in the court via video conferencing. 

Yadav was convicted by the special court on December 23rd and was sent to Birsa Munda central prison immediately after the conviction Fifteen people were found guilty including Lalu Prasad Yadav, while seven persons including Jagannath Mishra were acquitted. The case pertains to alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

Lalu Prasad Yadav Convicted In Fodder Scam Case

This is the second fodder scam case in which the RJD leader has been convicted. He was earlier convicted in the Chaibasa treasury case.

Ahead of the sentencing Lalu’s son and former deputy CM of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav said that Lalu Yadav was being falsely implicated in the case. “People who were creating a scene that Lalu Ji will be scared can now see that he will neither be scared nor kneel or turn away from his ideology”, said Tejashwi.

Reacting to the sentencing Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, one of the primary petitioners in the case tweeted “Conviction is conviction.Either 3.5 yrs or 7 yrs .Our charges against Lalu has been vindicated by Court.”

The Janata Dal United has welcomed the judgement calling it a hostoric decision.

Rashtriya janata Dal will approach the high court after studying the sentence and will apply for a bail.