Lalu arrested after conviction in fodder scam case

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The CBI court will pronounce the quantum of punishment to Lalu Prasad and 15 others convicted in fodder scam case will on 3 January.

Special judge Shivpal Singh pronounced the verdict in a packed courtroom in the case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994. "There is no other alternative", Raghuvansh Prasad told reporters outside the special CBI court in Ranchi reacting to the conviction of the RJD chief.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, who was one of the petitioners in the fodder scam PIL, which resulted in CBI inquiry, said: "This had to happen".

Nadda cited other graft cases involving the Congress and its allies, claiming that its alliance was an alliance of "corruption" and it had been exposed badly.

Corruption allegations related to a fodder scam, which continued for several years from even prior to Lalu's term as chief minister in 1990, were levelled against him in 1998 when he stepped down as chief minister and installed his wife as his successor. There are a number of fodder scam cases and Lalu Yadav has been convicted in two, today being the second conviction. In 2014, the Jharkhand high court stayed the trial against Yadav in four of the pending cases on the ground that a person convicted in one case could not be tried in similar cases based on same witnesses and evidence.

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"To hide its failures, false rhetoric and to get votes, the BJP uses every dirty immoral trick in politics to change the public perception of its opponents", he said.

Yadav, a former federal railways minister and leader of the regional Rashtriya Janata Dal party, was sent to jail soon after the verdict.

Former MP R K Rana, three former IAS officers - Phoolchand Singh, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad - are also among the accused in the case. "Whatever is the judgment, I appeal to people of Bihar to maintain peace and law and order", Lalu Prasad said while interacting with the media here. "Just like BJP's propaganda was busted in the 2G scam and Adarsh scam, a similar verdict will happen now", he said.

The first conviction had come in 2013 and it was called the Chaibasa treasury case. The whole conspiracy is based on a political vendetta.