Lalu sentenced to 3.5 years in jail in fodder scam case

Lalu Prasad being taken to the Special CBI court in Ranchi

Lalu Prasad sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in the second of five fodder scam cases.

Lalu Prasad is also facing trial in three more cases relating to the fodder scam, also known as "chara ghotala".

Yadav, a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was convicted in a first fodder scam case in 2013 and sentenced to five years in jail.

No one is above the law, the BJP and its ally JD (U) said today after a special CBI court sentenced Lalu Prasad to jail in a fodder scam case, while the RJD said its leader has fallen prey to a "conspiracy" by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the saffron party.

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

Last month the anti-corruption court found Yadav guilty of fraudulently withdrawing almost $140,000 from the state treasury in a larger fraud dubbed the "fodder scam", which was worth about 10 billion rupees ($157 million). The court also imposed Rs 5 Lakh fine on Lalu. They were pronounced guilty for engaging in fraudulent transactions worth Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994. "It will now be hard to keep the RJD together and people in politics will be fearful", he said, when asked about the significance of the court's verdict.

Tejashwi accused NDA government of hatching a plot against Lalu for he was the only force that was uniting opposition ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Earlier, RJD leader Rabri Devi called an emergency meeting of the party before Lalu Prasad Yadav's sentencing in fodder scam case.

The Special CBI court had postponed the sentencing twice this week. The 1997 fodder scam case had virtually brought down his political career. "It is the end of a chapter", said K.C. Tyagi, JDU leader.

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