Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

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

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

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav sentenced to 3.5 years in jail and Rs 5 lakh fine by Ranchi CBI court in a fodder scam case.

CBI court judge Shiv Pal Singh, who had convicted Prasad, along with 10 others on December 23, also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on him for two cases in the scam. He was asked to pay a fine of five lakhs.

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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In 1996, the Patna High Court had ordered an inquiry into the fodder scam cases and a charge sheet in the Deogarh Treasury case was filed against 38 people on October 27, 1997.

The former Chief Minister, who is in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Jail, received his sentence through video-conference, reports added.

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According to legal experts, Lalu Prasad could apply for bail immediately at the lower court itself if the quantum of sentence happens to be less than three years.

The RJD supremo is lodged in the Hotwar Central Jail in Ranchi since December 23.

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. "He was chosen (by the people of Bihar in an election) and he's in jail", said the former Deputy Chief Minister in the Grand Alliance government.

Furthermore, in the wake of court's ruling and pronouncement of sentence against Lalu Prasad Yadav senior members of the RJD are expected to meet today to discuss the party's strategy and the "emerging political situation".

Four years ago, Lalu Yadav was convicted in the first case of fodder scam and was given a five-year jail term. Lalu has been convicted in the Deoghar Treasury case.

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