RJD president Lalu Prasad gets 14 yrs jail term in fodder scam

NEW DELHI March 25, 2018: A special CBI court in Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi on Saturday sentenced Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad to 14 years prison and slapped a fine of Rs 60 lakh on him in the fourth fodder scam case, media reports said.

The court of special judge Shivpal Singh on March 19 had held Lalu Prasad guilty under conspiracy and corruption charges in the scam case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.76 crore from the Dumka treasury during the period of December 1995 to January 1996, media reports said.

The court had, however, acquitted 11 accused, including former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and four other politicians, and fixed March 24 to pronounce the quantum of sentences for the convicted persons, said the reports.

Lalu Prasad has been serving jail term in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central Jail since December 23 last year after his conviction in two other fodder scam cases.

On Saturday, the court communicated the sentence to the convicts, who are in jail, through video conferencing facility.

Media reports said the court awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment (RI) to Lalu Prasad under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and a separate seven years of RI under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act. The court said both the sentences would run consecutively meaning thereby that Lalu Prasad would have to serve a total of 14 years in prison in this case.

It also slapped a fine of Rs 60 lakh on Lalu Prasad. The default in the payment of the fine amount would result in another two years of simple imprisonment.