Lalu Prasad gets three-and-a-half years in jail and fined 10 lakh in fodder scam case

Ranchi: Bihar's former chief minister Lalu Yadav escorted by police officials after appearing at the special CBI court, in Ranchi on Wednesday. PTI Photo(PTI1_3_2018_000021B)

Vastavam web: A special CBI court today sentenced RJD chief Lalu Prasad to three-and-a-half years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on him in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury 21 years ago.The punishment was handed down to 69-year-old Prasad by CBI court judge Shiv Pal Singh. This is the second time that he has been jailed in the fodder scam.Prasad was also given a jail term of three years and six months in the case under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA).

He was fined Rs 5 lakh each under the IPC and the PCA, CBI counsel Rakesh Prasad said, adding that failure to pay the fine would entail another six months in jail.The court had yesterday concluded arguments on the quantum of sentence against Prasad in connection with the withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1990 and 1994 when he was the chief minister of Bihar.It had also heard arguments on the issue of punishment for 10 others convicted in the case.

Earlier today, the court concluded arguments on the quantum of sentence against five other convicts.The CBI special judge had on December 23 acquitted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the case.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.On September 30, 2013, Yadav, Jagannath Mishra and several others were convicted in another case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in the early 1990s.Prasad faces another three fodder scam cases for illegal withdrawal of Rs 3.97 crore from the Dumka Treasury, Rs 36 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury and Rs 184 crore from the Doranda Treasury.