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The former Chief Minister of Bihar, who is no stranger to convictions in similar cases leading to incarceration in the past, murmured that he would appeal the verdict in the High Court as he was led to the jail by the local police.

Senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui, a confidant of Prasad, said it was not right to comment on a judgement but the people were discussing how it is freedom for some people and jail for others in the same case.

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In early reactions to the verdict, Congress leader Manish Tewari said, "If these allegations are being investigated, why is it the Srijan scam not being investigated?"

BJP state unit general secretary Dipak Prakash rubbished allegations that there was a political conspiracy behind Prasads conviction.

The Congress party on Saturday came out in support of convicted Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and dismissed any impact of the decision on its alliance with RJD. The RJD chief has been convicted in the Deoghar treasury case, in which he and others were accused of fraudulently withdrawing Rs 89.27 lakh from the treasury between 1991 and 1994, while co-accused and former CM Jagannath Mishra has been acquitted. A charge sheet was filed against 38 persons on 27 October, 1997. "We are confident that we will get the bail and our morale will never break", he stated. But blurred layer of bias and hatred will still be removed, come what may!

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Corruption allegations related to a fodder scam, which continued for several years from even prior to Lalu's term as chief minister in 1990, were levelled against him in 1998 when he stepped down as chief minister and installed his wife as his successor.

As per Lalu's lawyer, Chittaranjan Prasad Singh, the leader has been to jail five times in fodder scam cases only.

"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.But still prevails.In the end though", he added. In a democracy, it is important that the faith is not eroded. The acquitted people include Mishra, former Bihar Minister Vidya Sagar Nisad and then Public Accounts Committee chairman Dhruva Bhagat. "You reap what you sow".

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