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

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

Ranchi- RJD supremo Lalu Prasad was on Saturday sentenced to three and a half years jail in a fodder scam case. The CBI judge pronounced the quantum of sentence to all 16 convicts in the fodder scam case through video conference. The court also imposed Rs 5 Lakh fine on Lalu.

He also added that they will approach the High Court for bail.

On Friday, the seasoned politician urged the court to give him minimum punishment, citing health issues. "I am sure our Chief Laluji will attend RJD's crucial meeting tomorrow" says Bihar party chief Ramchandra Purve.

Lalu has been convicted in one of the cases of the fodder scam, wherein Rs. 900 crore from the Bihar exchequer was siphoned off under the pretext of purchasing fodder for livestock, during the '80s and '90s. The court also slapped Rs 5 lakh fine on each.

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Prasad was granted bail by the Supreme Court after having spent over two-and-a-half months in jail. The Special CBI Court was supposed to sentence the convicts on January 3.

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.

He was sent to prison for five years on September 30, 2013.

Eleven of them died and three turned approvers, while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said. Today's hearing on the quantum of sentence pertains to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury when Lalu Yadav was the CM of Bihar between 1991 and 1994.

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