Lalu Prasad Yadav Gets 3.5 Years Jail Term

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As per the media reports a special CBI court formed to investigate Rs 950 crores fodder scam against former Bihar Chief Minister and chief of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Lalu Prasad Yadav, on Saturday handed a jail term of 3.5 years and imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakhs.

The CBI court had on December 23 convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in the case relating to the multi-million-rupee scam.

The counsel said failure to pay a fine of Rs 5 lakh each under the IPC and the PCA would entail another six months in jail for the RJD leader. "We will go to the High Court after studying the sentence and apply for a bail", said Tejashwi Yadav, RJD leader and son of Lalu Prasad.

Soon after the announcement of quantum of punishment, RJD leaders said that they would appeal against the sentence in a higher court.

Lalu Yadav on Friday had filed a plea seeking minimum punishment for himself citing his poor health condition.

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The CBI special judge had on December 23 acquitted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the case.

Prasad was granted bail by the Supreme Court after having spent over two-and-a-half months in jail.

The court sentenced all 16 convicts in the case, from seven years to three-and-a-half years.

A total of six cases related to the scam, were being probed by the investigation authorities.

There were 34 accused, out of which 11 died during the trial while one turned CBI approver and admitted to the crime. They were pronounced guilty for engaging in fraudulent transactions worth Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

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