Fodder scam sentencing: Lalu Yadav's son Tejashwi targets Nitish Kumar

Lucy Hill
January 8, 2018

Ranchi: The Ranchi Special CBI Court sentenced former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav to 3.5 years in jail and imposed Rs 5 lakh fine in fodder scam case. The conviction means he can not contest an election and he faces at least one more case.

The quantum of sentence was announced by the CBI court after a delay of two days via video conferencing.

A special CBI court in Ranchi pronounced the quantum of punishment for Lalu a few minutes ago.

Three former IAS officers - Beck Julius, Phoolchand Singh and Mahesh Prasad - were given a prison term of three and-a-half years each.

The CBI court had acquitted another former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the case, relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district treasury between 1990 and 1994.

The RJD supremo is lodged in the Hotwar Central Jail in Ranchi since December 23.

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RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others were convicted in a fodder scam case.

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

Tejashwi accused NDA government of hatching a plot against Lalu for he was the only force that was uniting opposition ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

RJD leader and son of Lalu Prasad Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav today claimed that BJP would have given his father title of "Raja Harischandra" had he aligned himself with the party. "But they should remember that we still have High Court and Supreme Court to appeal against the judgement by CBI court", said Tejashwi.

Mishra and Janata Dal-United leader Jagdish Sharma were also convicted in the first fodder scam case and were awarded four years imprisonment each. "It is the end of a chapter", said K.C. Tyagi, JDU leader.

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