Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav gets 3.5 years in jail


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 court also imposed Rs 5 Lakh fine on Lalu. Lalu's son said that he would approach the Patna high court for his father's bail.

A total of six cases related to the scam, were being probed by the investigation authorities. The 1997 fodder scam case had virtually brought down his political career. The former Chief Minister, who was in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Jail, received his sentence through video-conference.

"An open jail is best for these people (convicts), as they also have experience of cow farming", the judge was quoted as saying by the ANI.

On Friday, Lalu Prasad sought a minimum punishment citing health issues.

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The RJD supremo is lodged in the Hotwar Central Jail in Ranchi since December 23. "It will now be hard to keep the RJD together and people in politics will be fearful", he said, when asked about the significance of the court's verdict.

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.

According to legal experts, Lalu Prasad could apply for bail immediately at the lower court itself if the quantum of sentence happens to be less than three years. "He was chosen (by the people of Bihar in an election) and he's in jail", said the former Deputy Chief Minister in the Grand Alliance government.

The verdict on Saturday came after two postponements of the pronouncement of the quantum of punishment after the court found the RJD chief guilty in December past year.