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Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years in jail in fodder scam case

07 January 2018

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.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday receives three and a half jail term in a fodder scam case he was convicted in on December 23.

Janata Dal (United) Secretary General K C Tyagi said a new political chapter has begun with the court's decision and it means politicians will be afraid of committing any such wrongdoing.

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Lalu's younger son Tejashwi said they would move the High Court against it.

After three days of arguments on the quantum of punishment, special CBI judge Shivpal Singh pronounced the order through video conferencing.

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.

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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. Post verdict, Prasad was taken into custody and taken to the Birsa Munda Prison in Ranchi.

Lalu and 14 others were found guilty in the Deoghar Treasury fodder scam case of 1990's on December 23.

The Supreme Court order is part of its attempt to clean up India's electoral system by making it more hard for politicians with criminal cases to contest elections.

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Prasad's counsel Chittaranjan Sinha said his client would filed an appeal next week against the verdict in the Jharkhand high court. "He was in jail for one year in this case, facing the case for last 20 years and never disobeyed the court", he added.

Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years in jail in fodder scam case