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Fodder Scam verdict: JDU calls it a 'historic decision in Bihar politics'

Fodder Scam verdict: JDU calls it a 'historic decision in Bihar politics'

Key Indian opposition leader Lalu Prasad Yadav was jailed Saturday for three and a half years over his role in a multi-million dollar corruption 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.

The counsel said failure to pay a fine of Rs 5 lakh each under the IPC and the PCA would entail another six months in jail for the RJD leader. "It is clear that the BJP-RSS combine is scared of Lalu even while he is in jail and is doing all that it can to silence Lalu's voice", said Tejashwi, while addressing a press conference. Lalu's son said that he would approach the Patna high court for his father's bail.

Apart from Lalu, Mishra and 20 others accused were present in the court when the quantum of sentence was pronounced.

Lalu Prasad Yadav's advocate on Friday had filed a plea before Ranchi Special CBI Court demanding minimum punishment to the RJD Chief on health grounds.

Lalu Prasad is at present cooling his heels in Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi.

He also slapped a Rs 5 lakh fine on the former Bihar Chief Minister. Earlier, RJD leader Rabri Devi called an emergency meeting of the party before Lalu Prasad Yadav's sentencing in fodder scam case.

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

He was sent to prison for five years on September 30, 2013.

The case pertains to an alleged withdrawal of Rs. 89.27 lakh from Deoghar district treasury between 1994 and 1996.


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