Fodder scam verdict: Lalu Prasad Yadav Sentenced To 3.5 years in jail

08 January, 2018, 03:40 | Author: Kathy Ellis
  • Tejaswi Yadav son of Lalu Prasad Yadav

Lalu Prasad has already been convicted by trial court and sentenced to five years jail term in Chaibasa treasury withdrawal case connected to the fodder scam. The conviction means he can not contest an election and he faces at least one more case. Judge Shivpal Singh pronounced the quantum of sentence via video conferencing.

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 court's judgement to convict and sentence Lalu Prasad will not have impact on forces fighting for secularism and social justice".

He was convicted by the court on December 23, 2017, and has been lodged in Birsa Munda prison since then.

Lalu and others were convicted in the case on December 23. Trial began before the special CBI court, Ranchi in February 2002.

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He was fined Rs 5 lakh for each case, failing which he would serve another six months in jail, a CBI counsel said. This case relates to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district treasury between 1990 and 1994. However, it did cost him his Lok Sabha seat.

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. "I am sure our Chief Laluji will attend RJD's crucial meeting tomorrow" says Bihar party chief Ramchandra Purve.

In the fodder scam case, out of 22 accused, 16 were convicted.

Furthermore, in the wake of court's ruling and pronouncement of sentence against Lalu Prasad Yadav senior members of the RJD are expected to meet today to discuss the party's strategy and the "emerging political situation".

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