A special CBI court in Ranchi on Saturday sentenced Lalu Prasad and 7 others, namely Phool Chand, Mahesh Prasad, Bake Julious, Sunil Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Sudhir Kumar and Raja Ram, to 3.5 years imprisonment and Rs5 lakh fine each in the second fodder scam case. The CBI judge pronounced the quantum of sentence to all 16 convicts in the fodder scam case through video conference.
He was fined Rs 5 lakh for each case, failing which he would serve another six months in jail, a CBI counsel said. Lalu was subsequently disqualified from contesting elections for 11 years.
He also added that they will approach the High Court for bail. The Special CBI court had postponed the sentencing twice this week. "I am sure our Chief Laluji will attend RJD's crucial meeting tomorrow" says Bihar party chief Ramchandra Purve.
Prasad was granted bail by the Supreme Court after having spent over two-and-a-half months in jail.
The trial in the case was completed on December 13 in the special CBI court and 10 days later, he was convicted on December 23. The court had found his predecessor and former CM of Bihar Jagannath Mishra not guilty and acquitted him of all charges.
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The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and 15 others were convicted on December 23 in a case related to the multi-million-rupee fodder scam by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court.
He was sent to prison for five years on September 30, 2013.
He is an accused in four other cases in the fodder scam.
The case pertains to an alleged withdrawal of Rs. 89.27 lakh from Deoghar district treasury between 1994 and 1996.