Lalu Prasad Yadav Gets 3.5 Years Jail Term

Lalu Prasad Yadav Gets 3.5 Years Jail Term

Lalu Prasad Yadav Gets 3.5 Years Jail Term

The CBI court had convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in the fodder scam case on December 23.

A special CBI court in Ranchi pronounced the quantum of punishment for Lalu a few minutes ago. The court also imposed Rs 5 Lakh fine on Lalu.

Lalu heard the sentencing from jail via video conferencing.

"The BJP, RSS and Nitish Kumar had got threatened with Lalu Prasad's effort for opposition's unity against BJP and Narendra Modi after the party had organised BJP bhagao, Desh bachao rally in Patna, so they conspired to send him to jail... but we'll not be cowed down with Lalu Prasad in jail but will come out more stronger", said Tejaswi Yadav.

The CBI lawyer said a fine totalling Rs 10 lakhs was imposed the RJD supremo.

On Friday, Lalu Prasad sought a minimum punishment citing health issues. The court also slapped Rs 5 lakh fine on each. The Special CBI Court was supposed to sentence the convicts on January 3. The 16 convicted people include three former IAS officials Phoolchand Mandal, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad.

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

Lalu Prasad is at present cooling his heels in Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi.

According to legal experts, Lalu Prasad could apply for bail immediately at the lower court itself if the quantum of sentence happens to be less than three years.

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

On September 30, 2013, Yadav, Jagannath Mishra and several others were convicted in another case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in the early 1990s.

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