Fodder scam sentencing: Lalu Yadav's son Tejashwi targets Nitish Kumar

Katrina Barker
January 7, 2018

A special CBI court in Ranchi on Saturday sentenced Lalu Prasad and 7 others, namely Phool Chand, Mahesh Prasad, Bake Julious, Sunil Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Sudhir Kumar and Raja Ram, to 3.5 years imprisonment and Rs5 lakh fine each in the second fodder scam case.

A special CBI court in Ranchi pronounced the quantum of punishment for Lalu a few minutes ago. The Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi also imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief. Lalu was subsequently disqualified from contesting elections for 11 years.

"The BJP, RSS and Nitish Kumar had got threatened with Lalu Prasad's effort for opposition's unity against BJP and Narendra Modi after the party had organised BJP bhagao, Desh bachao rally in Patna, so they conspired to send him to jail... but we'll not be cowed down with Lalu Prasad in jail but will come out more stronger", said Tejaswi Yadav. "But they should remember that we still have High Court and Supreme Court to appeal against the judgement by CBI court", said Tejashwi.

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.

Lalu's son Tejaswwi Yadav, who alleged political vendetta behind the case, stated that his father was not afraid of the verdict. However, former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra was acquitted.

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).

Media reports quoting the opinions of lawyers said that the veteran politician can be awarded three to seven years in prison.

The case pertains to an alleged withdrawal of Rs. 89.27 lakh from Deoghar district treasury between 1994 and 1996.

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