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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The government has invited those possessing valid driving licences to approach local bus depots to be used as substitute drivers. But soon after the meeting, transport minister M R Vijayabaskar ruled out any negotiations with the trade unions.
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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Royce, did, however, say he wanted Vietnam to be on the list. "The administration is right to make this a priority". Sudan has also been severally accused of repressing religious freedoms especially of non-Muslims.
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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Asif added that all financial aid from the United States had been "properly audited" and that "services [were] rendered". As such, total USA aid allocated to Pakistan-both civilian and military-since 2001 is $19.354 billion.
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.