Lalu has been convicted in one of the cases of the fodder scam, wherein Rs. 900 crore from the Bihar exchequer was siphoned off under the pretext of purchasing fodder for livestock, during the '80s and '90s. After spending two months in jail, Supreme Court granted bail to Prasad in the first fodder scam case.
It is unclear whether the 69-year-old will be able to walk out of jail in the near future. His son Tejashwi Yadav said that they will approach the high court and also apply for bail after studying the sentence.
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JDU on Saturday welcomed the fodder scam verdict and hailed it as historic decision in Bihar politics.
He also slapped a Rs 5 lakh fine on the former Bihar Chief Minister.
"An open jail is best for these people (convicts), as they also have experience of cow farming", the judge was quoted as saying by the ANI.
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Lalu's lawyer had on Friday, January 5, filed a plea before Ranchi Special CBI Court demanding minimum punishment for the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief on health grounds. Post verdict, Prasad was taken into custody and taken to the Birsa Munda Prison in Ranchi.
"The special court's judgement to convict and sentence Lalu Prasad will not have impact on forces fighting for secularism and social justice".
The CBI special judge had on December 23 acquitted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the case.
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The Special CBI court had postponed the sentencing twice this week. This case relates to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district treasury between 1990 and 1994. Lalu was subsequently disqualified from contesting elections for 11 years.