Fodder scam case: Lalu Prasad Yadav gets jail term of 3.5 years

Kristopher Drake
January 7, 2018

A special CBI court on Saturday sentenced former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad to 3.5 years in jail and also imposed Rs 500,000 fine in a fodder scam case.

According to legal experts, Lalu would have been able to apply for bail immediately at the lower court itself if the quantum of sentence was less than three years.

He was fined Rs 5 lakh for each case, failing which he would serve another six months in jail, a CBI counsel said. Lalu could have got bail if he is sentenced to less than three years in prison.

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.

On Friday, the seasoned politician urged the court to give him minimum punishment, citing health issues.

Reacting to the verdict, the BJP and its ally JD (U) said no one was above the law while the RJD claimed its leader fell prey to a "conspiracy" by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the saffron party.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and 15 others were convicted on December 23 in a case related to the multi-million-rupee fodder scam by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court.

The court sentenced all 16 convicts in the case, from seven years to three-and-a-half years. He was sent to Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi. The 1997 fodder scam case had virtually brought down his political career. The conviction in this case pertains to embezzling of more than Rs89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

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