Fodder scam case: Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years in jail, fined Rs. 10 lakh

KARISHMA SRIVASTAVA 07/01/2018 11:26:35


Ranchi, Jan 7: After three deferments, former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has been sentenced to three and a half years’ imprisonment along with Rs. 10 lakh fine by a special CBI court.
Lalu and 15 others were convicted on December 23, but were not immediately sentenced in fodder scam. 
The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of more than 89 lakh from Deoghar treasury between 1991 and 1994.
Hearing of arguments over the quantum of sentence for all convicts was concluded through video-conferencing.
Special CBI Judge Shivpal Singh sentenced Jagdish Sharma, who was chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of the Legislative Assembly of undivided Bihar, to seven years’ imprisonment, and former RJD Lok Sabha MP R K Rana to three and a half years’ of imprisonment.
Three accused IAS officers, Phool Chand Singh, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad, too, were awarded jail term of three and a half years each. Two other officials, Subir Bhattacharjee and Dr Krishna Kumar, were sentenced to three and a half years’ and seven years’ imprisonment respectively.
Other accused Raja Ram Joshi, Sunil Kumar Sinha were awarded three and a half years’ of jail term each. The five other convicts- Tripurari Mohan Prasad, Sanjay Agarwal, Sunil Gandhi, Jyoti Jha and Gopinath Das, were each sentenced to seven years of imprisonment.
Right after the verdict was announced, a tweet from Lalu’s handle said, “Rather than practising BJP’s Simple Rule – “Follow us or we will fix you”. I will die happily fixing myself for Social justice, harmony & equality.”
Soon after the announcement Tejasvi Yadav said, "I am sher ka beta (son of a lion), will not get scared with the judgment. We have our legal options open and will move the high court and challenge the decision of the special CBI court. I have complete faith in judiciary and confident that Lalu will get bail soon." 
Calling the decision against his father as a consiparacy by BJP and Nitish Kumar, he further added, "There will be no impact of Lalu's sentencing on the RJD. The party is intact and we are ready to struggle. This is not the first time that my father has been sent to jail but the party has always remained firm. 
Separately, the court is hearing two other fodder scam cases in which Lalu is among the accused. Judgments of these cases may be pronounced in a month’s time. 

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