Lalu Prasad Yadav Gets 3.5 Years Jail Term

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

Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail in connection with the fodder scam. Judge Shivpal Singh pronounced the quantum of sentence via video conferencing. 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. "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.

On Friday, citing illness and old age, Lalu had sought leniency from the court.

In 2013, Prasad was convicted in the first fodder scam case and was sentenced to five years imprisonment along with a fine of Rs25 lakh by another special CBI court.

Earlier in the day, Lalu's wife Rabri Devi has called an emergency meeting to decide the individual roles for party leaders in likely absence of the RJD chief.

The court had, however, acquitted six others including former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra in the case.

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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 16 convicted include three former IAS officers: Phoolchand Mandal, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad.

Eleven of them died and three turned approvers, while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said.

JDU on Saturday welcomed the fodder scam verdict and hailed it as historic decision in Bihar politics. Today's hearing on the quantum of sentence pertains to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury when Lalu Yadav was the CM of Bihar between 1991 and 1994.

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