RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav sentenced to 3.5 years in jail in Fodder Scam case. The CBI special court in Ranchi finally acquitted the culprits in the fodder scam case today. Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 other convicts were present before the judge on video conferencing.
RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav sentenced to 3.5 years in jail
Former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav have been sentenced to three years. Mahesh Prasad and Pool Chand were also jailed for three and a half years. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh.
The judge has pronounced the verdict with a fine of five lakh rupees and a three-and-a-half-year jail term to seven culprits including Lalu. On Saturday afternoon the arguments related to the sentencing were completed. The judge then said, “The open jail is enough for such culprits. Because they have had experience of cattle. ” The verdict of the sentencing of the accused has been postponed since last three days.
Lalu Reacts in Twitter:
Rather than practicing BJP’s Simple Rule – “Follow us or We will Fix you”. I will die happily fixing myself for Social justice, harmony & equality.
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.
— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) January 6, 2018
A large police force was deployed in the court of the special CBI court in Ranchi. The special CBI court had on March 23 last year ruled that Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others were convicted in the Bihar cattle feed scam case. On January 3, the sentence was to be finalized. But the verdict was postponed due to death of a lawyer. Subsequently, the verdict was postponed two more times. The petition filed by Lalu Prasad Yadav was filed on Friday to look at his age and health condition.
Fodder scam came to light in Bihar 21 years ago. The CBI has registered a case against 38 accused in connection with the misappropriation of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Devghar treasury between 1991 and 1994. Of these 11 people have already died. Two were punished when they accepted their guilt.
Three of the accused have been witnesses. Six of the accused were acquitted along with former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra. Among the accused were IAS officers Beck Julius, Pulkandh Singh, Mahesh Prasad, government officials Krishna Kumar and Subir Bhattacharya.