Lalu Prasad Yadav gets 5-year jail in 3rd fodder scam case

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 25, 2018

Another politician Dhruv Bhagat, who pleaded innocence before the court as he was neither an MLA during 1990-95 nor he or any of his relatives had any relation with the fodder scam, was given 3-year jail and was slapped a fine of Rs 1.5 lakh.

Former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav was held guilty and sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment by a special CBI court in Ranchi on Wednesday, in a case pertaining to siphoning of around Rs 35 crore from Chaibasa district treasury, now in Jharkhand, in the 1990s.

A total of four cases of fraudulent withdrawal from Chaibasa treasury were lodged, of which Prasad and Mishra were accused in two. Lalu, Mishra and other politicians have already been convicted in yet another case RC20A/96 related to fraudulent withdrawals from the same Chaibasa treasury.

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Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav arriving at the CBI Court on Wednesday. Special CBI court Judge S.S. Prasad pronounced the judgement regarding the fraudulent withdrawal of '33.67 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in 1992-1993. "Six persons in the case have been acquitted by the same court", senior lawyer Ashok Kumar told reporters in Ranchi after the order on Wednesday.

The CBI judge pronounced the quantum of sentence at 2 p.m. JD (U) spokesman and MLC Sanjay Singh also attacked Tejashwi Yadav saying "he calls Lalu a hero despite the fact that his father has been convicted in a corruption case". But this is not a final verdict against him. Of 56 persons held guilty, six are political leaders and nine officials, including three former IAS officers.

The RJD chief was convicted in the fodder scam case for the first time in 2013 and was awarded five years imprisonment. He received bail from the Supreme Court later that year.

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