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.
The punishment was handed down to 69-year-old Prasad by CBI court judge Shiv Pal Singh through videoconferencing since the RJD leader is lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail after being convicted in the case on December 23, CBI counsel Rakesh Prasad said. The court also imposed Rs 5 Lakh fine on Lalu. "We will go to the High Court after studying the sentence and apply for a bail". "But they should remember that we still have High Court and Supreme Court to appeal against the judgement by CBI court", said Tejashwi.
Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted in the multi-million-rupee fodder scam.
Lalu's lawyer had on Friday, January 5, filed a plea before Ranchi Special CBI Court demanding minimum punishment for the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief on health grounds.
He was sent to prison for five years on September 30, 2013.
He was convicted by the special court on Dec 23. Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others were convicted in a fodder scam case 21 years after it had surfaced while acquitting six others including another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra.
There were 34 accused, out of which 11 died during the trial while one turned CBI approver and admitted to the crime. Lalu Prasad was convicted for fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar treasury during 1991-94.
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