Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav gets 3.5 years in jail

Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav gets 3.5 years in jail

Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail in connection with the fodder scam.

He was fined Rs 5 lakh for each case, failing which he would serve another six months in jail, a CBI counsel said.

The quantum of sentence was announced by the CBI court after a delay of two days via video conferencing.

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 a year ago.

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

Other convicts - Phool Chand, Mahesh Prasad, Bake Julious, Sunil Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Sudhir Kumar and Raja Ram - have also been sentenced to 3.5 years in jail and Rs 5 lakh fine each.

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He was convicted by the special court on Dec 23.

Lalu's son Tejaswwi Yadav, who alleged political vendetta behind the case, stated that his father was not afraid of the verdict.

Lalu and others were convicted in the case on December 23.

The court sentenced all 16 convicts in the case, from seven years to three-and-a-half years.

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.

There were 34 accused, out of which 11 died during the trial while one turned CBI approver and admitted to the crime. Today's hearing on the quantum of sentence pertains to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury when Lalu Yadav was the CM of Bihar between 1991 and 1994.

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