CHARA Ghotala: Lalu Prasad Awarded 14 Years In Jail For 4th Fodder Scam:

IT seems Lalu Yadav, 69, former Bihar CM who at one point of time had aspiration to become India’s Premier, will spend rest of his life behind bars after a special CBI court in Ranchi on Saturday sentenced him to14 years in prison and fined 60 lakh INR in Dumka Treasury Case.CBI Judge Shiv Pal Singh awarded two sentences of seven years each to the former Bihar chief minister under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Acts. Lalu Prasad is already serving a jail term of 13.5 years in three fodder cases and lodged in the Birsa Munda jail in Ranchi. The  CBI court had pronounced him guilty on March 19 in a fourth fodder scam case involving fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury between December 1995 and January 1996.Lalu Prasad and former Bihar chief Jagannath Mishra, was also sentenced to five years in prison in the case.  Both Lalu Yadav and Jagannath Mishra were also fined Rs 5 lakh each by Ranchi Court.

The conviction and the quantum of punishment was delivered in a case related to the Chaibasa Treasury from which Rs 33.67 crore were siphoned off against the actual allocation of just Rs 7.10 lakh in 1992-93.On January 6, RJD chief Lalu Prasad was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail by a CBI special court in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury 21 years ago. Lalu Prasad was convicted in the first fodder scam case in 2013 and awarded five years in jail. The RJD supremo was not present in court when the judge delivered the case alphabetically but Lalu Prasad reached the court after the verdict was delivered, His lawyer was present during the verdict. Lalu Prasad was admitted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) on Saturday after he complained of constipation, reports The Business Standard. It may be recalled that OVER INR 900 crore fodder scam cases relate to illegal withdrawal of money from the government treasury in different districts in the animal husbandry department in undivided Bihar in the 1990s when RJD was ruling the State.(Image- NDTV)

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