Fodder scam: RJD Chief Lalu Prasad sentenced to 3.5 years in jail

07 January, 2018, 08:11 | Author: Phil Peters
  • Tejaswi Yadav son of Lalu Prasad Yadav

Key Indian opposition leader Lalu Prasad Yadav was jailed Saturday for three and a half years over his role in a multi-million dollar corruption case.

The CBI special court in Ranchi was expected to award the quantum of punishment for RJD chief Lalu Prasad and 15 others on January 3, but due to the sudden demise of an advocate, the announcement was first deferred to January 4 and then January 5. He was asked to pay a fine of five lakhs.

The former Chief Minister, who is in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Jail, received his sentence through video-conference, reports added. Lalu's son said that he would approach the Patna high court for his father's bail.

Lalu Yadav on Friday had filed a plea seeking minimum punishment for himself citing his poor health condition.

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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. "I am sure our Chief Laluji will attend RJD's crucial meeting tomorrow" says Bihar party chief Ramchandra Purve.

The RJD supremo is lodged in the Hotwar Central Jail in Ranchi since December 23.

There were 34 accused, out of which 11 died during the trial while one turned CBI approver and admitted to the crime.

Lalu and others were convicted in the case on December 23. "If he fails to deposit the penalty money, it will amount to six more months of imprisonment to him", Prabhat Kumar, counsel for Lalu Prasad told media persons. Lalu Prasad was convicted for fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar treasury during 1991-94.

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