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

Lalu Prasad being taken to the Special CBI court in Ranchi

Ranchi: The Ranchi Special CBI Court sentenced former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav to 3.5 years in jail and imposed Rs 5 lakh fine in fodder scam case.

"In India, is Fodder scam the only scam? We will go to the high court after studying the sentence and apply for a bail", Lalu's son and Leader of Opposition in Bihar assembly Tejashwi Yadav said. The former Chief Minister, who was in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Jail, received his sentence through video-conference.

The Bihar Congress on Saturday asserted that Lalu Prasad's conviction in a fodder scam case will not have any impact on the party's ties with the RJD in the state. Lalu was subsequently disqualified from contesting elections for 11 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.

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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The presiding judge said, "An open jail is best for these people (convicts), as they also have experience of cow farming'".

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

Soon after the announcement of quantum of punishment, RJD leaders said that they would appeal against the sentence in a higher court.

On September 30, 2013, Yadav, Jagannath Mishra and several others were convicted in another case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in the early 1990s.

The special judge also sent 15 other convicts in the case to prison for terms varying between three and six months and seven years under sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA).

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