Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years in jail in fodder scam case

Lalu Prasad gets jail 'shattered' sister passes away a day later

RJD chief Lalu Prasad was today sentenced to 3.5 years of imprisonment by a special CBI court in the second fodder scam case in which he was found guilty.

He was fined Rs 5 lakh for each case, failing which he would serve another six months in jail, a CBI counsel said. "We will go to the high court after studying the sentence and apply for a bail", Lalu's son and Leader of Opposition in Bihar assembly Tejashwi Yadav said. Lalu's son said that he would approach the Patna high court for his father's bail.

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'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.

The court had on December 23 convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in the case relating to the multi-million-rupee scam. Trial began before the special CBI court, Ranchi in February 2002.

The court had, however, acquitted six others including former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra in the case.

Three former IAS officers - Beck Julius, Phoolchand Singh and Mahesh Prasad - were given a prison term of three and-a-half years each. He was sent to Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi. Earlier, RJD leader Rabri Devi called an emergency meeting of the party before Lalu Prasad Yadav's sentencing in fodder scam case.

There were 34 accused in the case, out of which 11 died during the trial, while one turned CBI approver and admitted to the crime.

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