Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Three and a half year in jail for Lalu Prasad Yadav

Three and a half year in jail for Lalu Prasad Yadav Three and a half year in jail for Lalu Prasad Yadav
Lillian Steele | 07 January, 2018, 08:11

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who has been recently convicted by the special CBI court in the fodder scam case is sentenced to Three and half Years in Jail and also imposed Five Lakh Fine.

Special CBI judge Shivpal Singh announced the sentence after hearing arguments on quantum of sentencing. Lalu was subsequently disqualified from contesting elections for 11 years.

Tejashwi, who was the former deputy CM of Bihar, said that he along with Lalu's lawyers will go to High Court and even Supreme Court to appeal against the sentencing. The Special CBI court had postponed the sentencing twice this week.

Lalu and 14 others were found guilty in the Deoghar Treasury fodder scam case of 1990's on December 23.

The 69-year-old RJD supremo, in a written plea on Thursday, had sought leniency from the CBI court citing illness and old age, according to his counsel Chittaranjan Prasad. "I am sure our Chief Laluji will attend RJD's crucial meeting tomorrow" says Bihar party chief Ramchandra Purve. He was sent to Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi. The Special CBI Court was supposed to sentence the convicts on January 3.

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

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

Lalu Prasad is also facing trial in three more cases relating to the fodder scam, also known as "chara ghotala".

In 1996, the Patna High Court had ordered an inquiry into the fodder scam cases and a charge sheet in the Deogarh Treasury case was filed against 38 people on October 27, 1997.

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