Lalu Prasad Yadav Gets 3.5 Years Jail Term

Randolph Lopez
January 7, 2018

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad has been sentenced to 3 and half years in jail in a fodder scam case.

According to legal experts, Lalu would have been able to apply for bail immediately at the lower court itself if the quantum of sentence was less than three years.

The counsel said failure to pay a fine of Rs 5 lakh each under the IPC and the PCA would entail another six months in jail for the RJD leader. Lalu was subsequently disqualified from contesting elections for 11 years. Lalu's son said that he would approach the Patna high court for his father's bail.

Soon after the announcement of quantum of punishment, RJD leaders said that they would appeal against the sentence in a higher court. "I am sure our Chief Laluji will attend RJD's crucial meeting tomorrow" says Bihar party chief Ramchandra Purve.

Former Bihar CM and RJD leader Rabri Devi
Former Bihar CM and RJD leader Rabri Devi

Lalu Prasad is also facing trial in three more cases relating to the fodder scam, also known as "chara ghotala".

The trial in the case was completed on December 13 in the special CBI court and 10 days later, he was convicted on December 23.

Three former IAS officers - Beck Julius, Phoolchand Singh and Mahesh Prasad - were given a prison term of three and-a-half years each.

Lalu has been convicted in one of the cases of the fodder scam, wherein Rs. 900 crore from the Bihar exchequer was siphoned off under the pretext of purchasing fodder for livestock, during the '80s and '90s. They were pronounced guilty for engaging in fraudulent transactions worth Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

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