Three and a half year in jail for Lalu Prasad Yadav

Fodder Scam Lalu Prasad Yadav gets 3.5 years in jail Rs 5 lakh fine

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. The CBI judge pronounced the quantum of sentence to all 16 convicts in the fodder scam case through video conference. The Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi also imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief.

Apart from Lalu Yadav, other convicts Phool Chand, Mahesh Prasad, Bake Julius, Sunil Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Sudhir Kumar and Raja Ram were also sentenced to 3.5 years in jail.

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.

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

Lalu Prasad Yadav's advocate on Friday had filed a plea before Ranchi Special CBI Court demanding minimum punishment to the RJD Chief on health grounds. "I am sure our Chief Laluji will attend RJD's crucial meeting tomorrow" says Bihar party chief Ramchandra Purve.

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

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The CBI special judge had on December 23 acquitted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the case.

Eleven of them died and three turned approvers, while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said. Lalu has been convicted in the Deoghar Treasury case.

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