Three and a half year in jail for Lalu Prasad Yadav

Onlookers outside the special CBI court waiting for the pronouncement of quantum of punishment for former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad on the multi-crore fodder scam

Three and a half year in jail for Lalu Prasad Yadav

Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav was sentenced to 3.5 years jail term by Ranchi court after being found guilty in fodder scam. 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. "We will go to the High Court after studying the sentence and apply for a bail".

Last month the anti-corruption court found Yadav guilty of fraudulently withdrawing almost $140,000 from the state treasury in a larger fraud dubbed the "fodder scam", which was worth about 10 billion rupees ($157 million).

The former Bihar Chief Minister and other convicts were produced through video conferencing before special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge Shivapal Singh. "Nobody talks about those scams".

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

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On Friday, the seasoned politician urged the court to give him minimum punishment, citing health issues. Lalu Prasad was the Chief Minister of then undivided Bihar from 1990 to 1997. He was released on bail by the Supreme Court after having remained in jail for over two-and-a-half months.

"Since that does not appear to be the case, we will have to do so before the high court where we will also appeal against the conviction".

Apart from Lalu, Mishra and 20 others accused were present in the court when the quantum of sentence was pronounced.

A total of 62 cases were filed by the CBI and majority of them were transferred Ranchi after Jharkhand was carved out from Bihar in 2000.

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