Lalu Yadav former Chief Minister of Bihar was sentenced to prison for three-and-a-half years in prison by a Ranchi court on Saturday. Court also fined him Rs.10 lakh in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 89.27 lakh from a government treasury 21 years ago.
The quantum of punishment to Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Yadav and 15 more convicts was pronounced by Special CBI judge Shivpal Singh Through video conference. Lalu Prasad is in Birsa Munda Central Jail since his conviction.
The scam was part of fodder scam that came into the picture in 1996, and a CBI probe allegedly found that more than Rs. 900 crore had been drawn off from several local Treasuries by showing spends for fabricated medicines and fodder for cattle.
The jail terms for the convicts range from three-and-a-half years to seven years, and fines between Rs. 5 and Rs. 10 lakh.
Throughout the sentencing, Lalu Yadav didn’t speak but targeted BJP from his Twitter handle.
Targeting BJP there was a tweet from Lalu prasad’s Twitter handle. Rather than practicing BJP’s Simple Rule – “Follow us or we will fix you”. I will die happily fixing myself for Social justice, harmony & equality.
Lalu Yadav’s younger son, Tejashwi Yadav, said in Patna that the special CBI court’s verdict will be challenged in the high court.
He also accused the BJP and chief minister Nitish Kumar of plotting against his father, saying his “mass appeal and courage to take on communal forces have left his critics insecure”.