A special court in India today sentenced senior opposition politician and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav to five years in jail and slapped on him a fine of Rs 60 lakh in connection with the Rs 139 crore fodder scam in which a government treasury was allegedly embezzled.
The Central Bureau of Investigation court pronounced the sentence after virtually hearing arguments. It had on February 15 convicted 73-year-old Lalu, a key regional satrap, in the case.
“Lalu Prasad has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment while a penalty of Rs 60 lakh has also been imposed on him. Apart from Prasad, five years imprisonment each was announced by the court for five convicts, four years each for 32 convicts and three years each for three convicts,” Central Bureau of Investigation lawyer BMP Singh said.
Lalu’s conviction in the Rs 139.35 crore treasury embezzlement case was the fifth and final one against Lalu in the multi-crore rupee fodder scam, reports our New Delhi correspondent.
Lalu’s counsel said they will appeal this order in the High Court.
Lalu had earlier been sentenced to 14 years in jail in four other fodder scam cases. The final case was related to withdrawals of Rs 139.35 crore from Doranda treasury during his tenure as the chief minister of Bihar.
The fodder scam, pegged at Rs 950 crore, was first unearthed by the then Chaibasa deputy commissioner Amit Khare.
The Animal Husbandry Department of Bihar had allegedly issued fake bills for large disbursements from government treasuries in various districts of undivided Bihar.
The RJD supremo had earlier been sentenced to a cumulative 14 years in prison and slapped with a fine totalling Rs 60 lakh in four other cases related to government treasuries after conviction.