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

Casey Dawson
January 7, 2018

As per the media reports a special CBI court formed to investigate Rs 950 crores fodder scam against former Bihar Chief Minister and chief of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Lalu Prasad Yadav, on Saturday handed a jail term of 3.5 years and imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakhs.

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. Lalu could have got bail if he is sentenced to less than three years in prison. "But they should remember that we still have High Court and Supreme Court to appeal against the judgement by CBI court", said Tejashwi.

On Friday, citing illness and old age, Lalu had sought leniency from the court. "I am sure our Chief Laluji will attend RJD's crucial meeting tomorrow" says Bihar party chief Ramchandra Purve. In addition, he has also been slapped Rs 5 lakh fine by the Ranchi court.

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The trial in the case was completed on December 13 in the special CBI court and 10 days later, he was convicted on December 23. The 16 convicted people include three former IAS officials Phoolchand Mandal, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad.

The 900-crore fodder scam was unraveled more twenty years ago in January 1996 and charge-sheet was filed against Prasad as on of the accused persons in June 1997 by CBI.

Lalu's son Tejaswwi Yadav, who alleged political vendetta behind the case, stated that his father was not afraid of the verdict. Lalu Prasad was convicted for fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar treasury during 1991-94.

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