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Fodder scam: Lalu Yadav sentenced to 14 years in prison in Dumka treasury case

The court had convicted the Rashtriya Janata Dal leader in case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from December 1995 to January 1996 from the Dumka treasury.

Edited by: India TV Politics Desk, Ranchi [ Updated: March 24, 2018 15:42 IST ]
Fodder scam: Special CBI court likely to pronounce quantum
Fodder scam: Special CBI court likely to pronounce quantum of punishment in fourth case today

RJD chief Lalu Yadav was on Saturday sentenced to 14 years in prison by a special CBI court in connection with the fourth fodder scam case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from Dumka treasury in the early 1990s. 

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 60 lakh on the jailed leader.

CBI judge Shiv Pal Singh awarded two separate sentences of seven years each to Prasad under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Acts, counsel Rakesh Prasad said. 

Both the sentences will have to be served consecutively, he added. 

Advocate Vishnu Sharma, while explaining the court's decision, said, "Lalu Prasad has been sentenced to seven years in prison under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged), 477 (fraudulent cancellation, destruction of will or valuable security) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy), and penalised Rs 30 lakh. 

"He was awarded another seven-year jail term and slapped with a fine of Rs 30 lakh under the Prevention of Corruption Act...Both the sentences will run consecutively." 

"Lalu Prasad has been awarded seven years imprisonment and slapped Rs 30 lakhs fine under the Indian Penal Code and another seven years under the Prevention of Corruption Act and a fine of Rs 30 lakhs (each)," the former Bihar chief minister's lawyer Prabhat Kumar said.

For default or non-payment of fine, the convict would have to spend one more year in prison for each of the two sets of sections.

The court also pronounced the quantum of sentence for 18 other convicts in the case. 

Meanwhile, Lalu Yadav's son Tejashwi has alleged that there is a threat to his father life. "I am sure there is a threat to Laluji's life, looking at the conspiracy being planned by BJP," he said. 

The court had convicted the former Bihar chief minister in case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from December 1995 to January 1996 from the Dumka treasury. However, another former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra was acquitted. This is second case in which Mishra has been acquitted. 

Lalu Yadav was convicted in the first fodder scam case in 2013 and awarded five years in jail. He was convicted in the second case on December 23, 2017 and awarded three-and-a-half years imprisonment.

The RJD supremo was convicted in the third case on January 24 and awarded a five-year jail term.

The former Bihar chief minister has been serving a jail term in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Central Jail since December last year after his conviction in two other fodder scam cases. 

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