Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years Jail in fodder scam

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Ranchi- RJD supremo Lalu Prasad was on Saturday sentenced to three and a half years jail in a fodder scam case.

Lalu Yadav faces trial in three more cases relating to the fodder scam, locally called the "chara ghotala". "It is clear that the BJP-RSS combine is scared of Lalu even while he is in jail and is doing all that it can to silence Lalu's voice", said Tejashwi, while addressing a press conference.

On 23 December, a special CBI court in Ranchi had convicted former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad and 15 others in the second of six fodder scam cases.

Media reports quoting the opinions of lawyers said that the veteran politician can be awarded three to seven years in prison. He has been accused in five cases of fodder scam and convicted in two.

RJD leader and son of Lalu Prasad Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav today claimed that BJP would have given his father title of "Raja Harischandra" had he aligned himself with the party.

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Earlier today, while hearing the case, the judge said that 'an open jail is best for these people (convicts), as they also have experience of cow farming. Lalu has been convicted in the Deoghar Treasury case. He was sent to Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi.

The quantum of punishment was pronounced on Saturday after being postponed twice this week. "But they should remember that we still have High Court and Supreme Court to appeal against the judgement by CBI court", said Tejashwi.

The CBI special judge had on December 23 acquitted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the case.

Last month the anti-corruption court found Yadav guilty of fraudulently withdrawing almost $140,000 from the state treasury in a larger fraud dubbed the "fodder scam", which was worth about 10 billion rupees ($157 million).