Fodder scam: RJD Chief Lalu Prasad sentenced to 3.5 years in jail

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Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad has been sentenced to 3 and half years in jail in a fodder scam case.

On 23 December, a special CBI court in Ranchi had convicted former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad and 15 others in the second of six fodder scam cases.

He was fined Rs 5 lakh for each case, failing which he would serve another six months in jail, a CBI counsel said. The sentencing was heard via video conference.

Tejashwi, who was the former deputy CM of Bihar, said that he along with Lalu's lawyers will go to High Court and even Supreme Court to appeal against the sentencing.

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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 previous year.

On Friday, the seasoned politician urged the court to give him minimum punishment, citing health issues. The court also slapped Rs 5 lakh fine on each. Post verdict, Prasad was taken into custody and taken to the Birsa Munda Prison in Ranchi.

The trial was completed on December 13 in the CBI court and 10 days later he was convicted. Earlier, RJD leader Rabri Devi called an emergency meeting of the party before Lalu Prasad Yadav's sentencing in fodder scam case.

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. They were pronounced guilty for engaging in fraudulent transactions worth Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

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