Lalu, family cry conspiracy post fodder scam sentence

Lalu, family cry conspiracy post fodder scam sentence

Lalu, family cry conspiracy post fodder scam sentence

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.

Yadav already is serving a five-year prison sentence on a conviction in a related case for fraudulently withdrawing 378 million rupees ($5.8 million) from the Bihar state government treasury for fictitious medicines and fodder for cattle.

Earlier, during Saturday's court proceeding, Special CBI Court judge Shiv Pal Singh did not let go off a chance to take a jibe at the convicts in the case.

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The quantum of sentence was announced by the CBI court after a delay of two days via video conferencing. The maximum fine imposed was Rs 10 lakh, slapped on three convicts including Jagdish Sharma, former Public Accounts Committee chairman, while they and three others got the seven years in jail too.

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 is at present cooling his heels in Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi. "I am sure our Chief Laluji will attend RJD's crucial meeting tomorrow" says Bihar party chief Ramchandra Purve. After spending two months in jail, he was granted bail. "He was in jail for one year in this case, facing the case for last 20 years and never disobeyed the court", he added. The 1997 fodder scam case had virtually brought down his political career. The court will then deliver quantum of sentence on Saturday or fix any other date.

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