Lalu Prasad Yadav Convicted in Fodder Scam, Taken into Custody; Sentencing on Jan 3

Bihar: A special CBI court in Ranchi on Saturday (Dec. 23) held RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and 14 others guilty in the fodder scam under which a sum of Rs 89.27 lakh was fraudulently withdrawn from the Deoghar treasury, now in Jharkhand, between 1994 and 1996. However, former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and seven others were acquitted.

The court of Shivpal Singh will pronounce the sentence on January 3, 2018.

Meanwhile, Lalu, 69, has been sent to Birsa Munda Central Jail in Hotwar, Ranchi. The court ruled that the property acquired by him after 1990 would be attached.

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Krishnandan Prasad, Lalu’s counsel, said: “The CBI had filed a chargesheet against 38 persons on October 27, 1997. Eleven accused died. Three turned approvers and two were convicted in 2006-07. We will appeal for justice in the higher courts.”

Upset at the court ruling, RJD vice-president and former Union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh attacked the PM. “Lalu ko jail, Mishra ko bail, yahi hai Modi ka khel. We will fight legally and politically.”
Before leaving for the court, Lalu told the media: “Every RJD worker is Lalu Prasad and will fight the BJP. The RJD will emerge stronger if I am sent to jail.” Leader of the Opposition and Lalu’s younger son Tejaswi Prasad Yadav accused the BJP of trying to “root out Opposition”.

Congress’ Manish Tewari alleged the CBI was a “pet performing parrot of this government” and questioned why similar action was not initiated against Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in the Srijan scam in which the quantum of embezzlement was of a much greater order. Asked whether Congress’ association with the RJD would continue, he said court cases and political coalitions were separate matters.

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