Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav gets 3.5 years in jail

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

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. Judge Shivpal Singh pronounced the quantum of sentence via video conferencing.

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

In the first fodder scam case, Lalu was sentenced to five years in jail. The Special CBI court had postponed the sentencing twice this week.

Prasad was granted bail by the Supreme Court after having spent over two-and-a-half months in jail.

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).

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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.

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

He was convicted by the special court on Dec 23. The 16 convicted people include three former IAS officials Phoolchand Mandal, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad.

Media reports quoting the opinions of lawyers said that the veteran politician can be awarded three to seven years in prison. The 1997 fodder scam case had virtually brought down his political career. 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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