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This is the maximum punishment the RJD supremo has received in fodder scam cases so far.
Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad has been senteced to seven years of prison under both Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Prevention of Corruption Acts. Both the sentences will have to be served consecutively, said the Special CBI court of Justice Shivpal Singh in Ranchi.
This means he has been sentenced to total of 14 years of jail and ₹60 lakh fine. This is the maximum punishment given to Prasad in the fodder scam cases so far.
Prabhat Kumar, Lalu Prasad’s counsel told journalists that he will appeal in a higher court against the judgment.
On Monday, Prasad was convicted in a scam case in Dumka, now in Jharkhand. This is the fourth case relating to the fodder scam, for the fraudulent withdrawal of ₹3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury. Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra was acquitted in this case.
A special CBI court on January 24 sentenced Prasad and Mishra to five years in jail in a fodder scam case related to fraudulent withdrawal of ₹37.62 crore from the Chaibasa treasury.
On January 6, a special CBI court had sentenced Prasad to three-and-a-half years in jail and fined him 10 lakh in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar treasury 21 years ago.
In 2013, Prasad was convicted in the first fodder scam case involving withdrawal of ₹37.7 crore from the Chaibasa treasury.
Prasad has been lodged in the Birsa Munda jail at Ranchi since December 23 last year after being convicted in the second case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of money from the Deogarh treasury.
A fifth case relating to alleged fraudulent withdrawal of ₹139 crore from the Doranda treasury in Ranchi is pending with the court.
Prasad was recently admitted to the hospital for some medical assistance in Ranchi and was advised to go to Delhi for further treatment.
Meanwhile, rebel BJP leader and party MP from Patna Saheb Shatrughan Sinha has reached Ranchi to meet Lalu Prasad.
The over 900-crore fodder scam cases relate to illegal withdrawal of money from government treasury in different districts in the Animal Husbandry department in undivided Bihar in the 1990s when the RJD was in power in the State.
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