- CBI court sentenced RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav to three-and-half years in jail
- CBI judge pronounced the quantum of punishment to RJD chief Prasad and 15 more convicts in the case through video conference
New Delhi: In the latest development, a CBI court on Saturday sentenced RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav to three-and-half years in jail and imposed fine of Rs 10 lakh on him in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from a government treasury 21 years ago.
Special CBI judge Shivpal Singh pronounced the quantum of punishment to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Prasad and 15 more convicts in the case through video conference, after the court convicted them on December 23 last year. Prasad is lodged in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central Jail since his conviction.
The fraud was part of the fodder scam that came to light in 1996, and a CBI probe allegedly found that more than Rs 900 crore had been syphoned off from several local treasuries by showing spends for fictitious medicines and fodder for cattle.
Another former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra was sentenced to four years imprisonment in the case.
Six other politicians and four IAS officers, among the convicted, were also sentenced to prison terms for fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa treasury when Prasad was heading the RJD government in the early 1990s.
The sentences will run concurrently, he said. Prasad, who was convicted in the second case on December 23, is at present lodged in the Birsa Munda Central Jail.
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