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

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

RJD chief Lalu Prasad was today sentenced to 3.5 years of imprisonment by a special CBI court in the second fodder scam case in which he was found guilty. The court also imposed Rs 5 Lakh fine on Lalu. "It is clear that the BJP-RSS combine is scared of Lalu even while he is in jail and is doing all that it can to silence Lalu's voice", said Tejashwi, while addressing a press conference.

The verdict on Saturday came after two postponements of the pronouncement of the quantum of punishment after the court found the RJD chief guilty in December previous year.

Lalu Yadav on Friday had filed a plea seeking minimum punishment for himself citing his poor health condition.

The RJD supremo is lodged in the Hotwar Central Jail in Ranchi since December 23. The court also slapped a ₹10 lakh fine on Mr. Prasad.

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The CBI special judge had on December 23 acquitted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the case.

Three former IAS officers - Beck Julius, Phoolchand Singh and Mahesh Prasad - were given a prison term of three and-a-half years each.

The court sentenced all 16 convicts in the case, from seven years to three-and-a-half years. Earlier, RJD leader Rabri Devi called an emergency meeting of the party before Lalu Prasad Yadav's sentencing in fodder scam case.

Eleven of them died and three turned approvers, while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said. The conviction in this case pertains to embezzling of more than Rs89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.


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