Fodder Scam verdict: JDU calls it a 'historic decision in Bihar politics'

Fodder Scam verdict: JDU calls it a 'historic decision in Bihar politics'

Fodder Scam verdict: JDU calls it a 'historic decision in Bihar politics'

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.

He was fined Rs 5 lakh for each case, failing which he would serve another six months in jail, a CBI counsel said.

The hearing is to be held through video conferencing. "We will go to the High Court after studying the sentence and apply for a bail", said Tejashwi Yadav, RJD leader and son of Lalu Prasad.

Apart from Lalu, Mishra and 20 others accused were present in the court when the quantum of sentence was pronounced.

On Friday, the seasoned politician urged the court to give him minimum punishment, citing health issues.

JDU on Saturday welcomed the fodder scam verdict and hailed it as historic decision in Bihar politics.

Earlier in the day, Lalu's wife Rabri Devi has called an emergency meeting to decide the individual roles for party leaders in likely absence of the RJD chief.

The CBI court had acquitted another former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the case, relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district treasury between 1990 and 1994. The Special CBI Court was supposed to sentence the convicts on January 3.

The court sentenced all 16 convicts in the case, from seven years to three-and-a-half years.

Lalu Prasad is at present cooling his heels in Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi.

In 1996, the Patna High Court had ordered an inquiry into the fodder scam cases and a charge sheet in the Deogarh Treasury case was filed against 38 people on October 27, 1997.

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