Fodder scam: Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years in jail

RSTV Bureau
Ranchi: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav escorted by police officials after being convicted by the special CBI court in fodder scam case, in Ranchi on Saturday. PTI Photo

Ranchi: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav escorted by police officials after being convicted by the special CBI court in fodder scam case, in Ranchi on December 23, 2017. PTI Photo

RJD chief and former chief minister of Bihar, Lalu Prasad has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail by a CBI court in a fodder scam case. He will also have to pay a fine of ₹ 10 lakh.

Last month Lalu was convicted in a fodder scam case for fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury 21 years ago.

Today Lalu appeared in court via video conference.

CBI court judge Shiv Pal Singh, who had convicted Prasad, along with 10 others on December 23, also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on him for two cases in the scam. He was fined Rs 5 lakh for each case, failing which he would serve another six months in jail, a CBI counsel said.

The court had convicted Prasad for offences of cheating, along with criminal conspiracy, under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The scam is related to withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deogarh Treasury between 1990 and 1994 when Prasad was the chief minister of Bihar.

The 69-year-old RJD chief , in a written plea yesterday, had sought leniency from the CBI court citing illness and old age, according to his counsel Chittaranjan Prasad.

The RJD went into a huddle immediately after the pronouncement of the sentence and has decided to appeal against the verdict in the High Court.

This is the second fodder scam case in which Prasad has been jailed. He was sent to prison for five years on September 30, 2013. He was then granted bail by the Supreme Court after having spent over two-and-a-half months in jail.

(With inputs from agencies)