Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years Jail in fodder scam

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Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail in connection with the fodder scam.

A special CBI court in Ranchi pronounced the quantum of punishment for Lalu a few minutes ago.

In the first fodder scam case, Lalu was sentenced to five years in jail. His son Tejashwi Yadav said that they will approach the high court and also apply for bail after studying the sentence.

Furthermore, in the wake of court's ruling and pronouncement of sentence against Lalu Prasad Yadav senior members of the RJD are expected to meet today to discuss the party's strategy and the "emerging political situation".

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

Former Bihar CM and RJD leader Rabri Devi
Former Bihar CM and RJD leader Rabri Devi

Lalu's lawyer had on Friday, January 5, filed a plea before Ranchi Special CBI Court demanding minimum punishment for the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief on health grounds. In addition, he has also been slapped Rs 5 lakh fine by the Ranchi court. "I am sure our Chief Laluji will attend RJD's crucial meeting tomorrow" says Bihar party chief Ramchandra Purve.

Lalu Yadav faces trial in three more cases relating to the fodder scam, locally called the "chara ghotala". Post verdict, Prasad was taken into custody and taken to the Birsa Munda Prison in Ranchi.

In the fodder scam case, out of 22 accused, 16 were convicted.

The trial in the case was completed on December 13 in the special CBI court and 10 days later, he was convicted on December 23.

The case pertains to an alleged withdrawal of Rs. 89.27 lakh from Deoghar district treasury between 1994 and 1996.

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