Lalu Yadav's Sentence Will Not Impact RJD's Ties With Us: Congress

Lalu Yadav's Sentence Will Not Impact RJD's Ties With Us: Congress

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

CBI court judge Shiv Pal Singh, who had convicted Prasad, along with 10 others on December 23, also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on him for two cases in the scam. The court also imposed Rs 5 Lakh fine on Lalu.

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.

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Lalu Yadav faces trial in three more cases relating to the fodder scam, locally called the "chara ghotala".

Lalu was found guilty in another fodder scam case in 2013 after which he had to resign from his Lok Sabha seat. Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others were convicted in a fodder scam case 21 years after it had surfaced while acquitting six others including another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra.

Earlier today, while hearing the case, the judge said that 'an open jail is best for these people (convicts), as they also have experience of cow farming.

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If the quantum of sentence was less than three years, thebail plea would have been moved before the trial court itself, he said. He was sent to Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi.

RJD sources said that the party would appeal against the verdict.

Tejashwi, against whom a contempt notice has been issued by the CBI court for criticizing its December 23 judgement whereby Lalu was convicted, said, "The lower court has pronounced its judgement which we respect". "Lalu Prasad Yadav has blessings of the almighty and we have faith that he will get justice". The conviction in this case pertains to embezzling of more than Rs89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

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