Big set back to Lalu; CBI spl court hands him 14 years in jail

RSTV Bureau

File photo of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad.

In a big setback to RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, CBI special court sentenced him to 14 years in jail while announcing the quantum of sentence in the infamous fodder scam case. He is also been handed a fine of Rs 60 lakh by a special CBI court in two fodder scam cases. The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury in the early 1990s.

The court had on March 19 held the 69-year-old Lalu, once a pivotal figure in Bihar politics, guilty along with 18 others under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Acts. On Friday, he was awarded two sentences of seven years each.

Judge Shiv Pal Singh had already acquitted former chief minister Jagannath Mishra and 12 others in the same case.

Prasad has been serving prison term in Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi since December 23 last year after being convicted in the second fodder scam case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of money from the Deogarh treasury.

The RJD supremo is currently undergoing treatment at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi, where he was admitted last week after he complained of chest pain and discomfort in jail.

Of the total 76 accused, 14 had died, three turned approvers, one is absconding and two others were already convicted. Out of the remaining 56 accused, two government servants and four fodder suppliers were acquitted on March 19.

On January 6, the RJD leader was sentenced to three-and- a-half years in jail and fined Rs 10 lakh by a another CBI judge in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury 21 years ago.

Prasad had been convicted in the first fodder scam case involving withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa treasury on September 30, 2013 and given five years prison term.

(With inputs from PTI)