Lalu Prasad jailed for 3.5 years, fined Rs 10 lakh for corruption

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PV International Desk : Former Indian railways minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who was also Bihar chief minister, has been sentenced to three and half years in prison in a corruption case known as the ‘fodder scam’.
A special CBI court on Saturday (January 06) handed the jail term and imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh in connection with a Rs 950 crore fodder scam, reported The Indian Express and other Indian media.
He was convicted after being found guilty of embezzling state funds intended to buy food for cattle while he was Bihar state chief minister.
Other convicts Phool Chand, Mahesh Prasad, Bake Julious, Sunil Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Sudhir Kumar and Raja Ram were also sentenced to three and half years in jail and a fine of Rs 5 lakh each was imposed. The hearing concluded on Saturday and all the 15 convicts appeared via video conferencing.
Reacting to the order, Lalu’s son Tej Pratap Yadav said that they won’t be cowed down. “We are confident that he (Lalu Yadav) will get bail. We have full faith in the judiciary. We are not going to be cowed down,” the former Bihar minister said.
There are a total of six cases related to the scam, which are being probed by authorities. Saturday’s hearing on the quantum of sentence pertains to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury when Lalu was the CM of Bihar between 1991 and 1994.