Lalu Prasad sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in the second of five fodder scam cases.
The CBI judge pronounced the quantum of sentence to all 16 convicts in the fodder scam case through video conference. "We will go to the High Court after studying the sentence and apply for a bail", said Tejashwi Yadav, RJD leader and son of Lalu Prasad.
Lalu Prasad is also facing trial in three more cases relating to the fodder scam, also known as "chara ghotala". After being in jail for two months, he got bail from the Supreme Court. He has been accused in five cases of fodder scam and convicted in two.
Yadav, 69, is a former railways minister and ex-chief minister of the impoverished eastern state of Bihar where he enjoys huge popular support for championing lower castes.
Earlier today, while hearing the case, the judge said that 'an open jail is best for these people (convicts), as they also have experience of cow farming.
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Lalu Prasad Yadav's advocate on Friday had filed a plea before Ranchi Special CBI Court demanding minimum punishment to the RJD Chief on health grounds.
The RJD supremo is lodged in the Hotwar Central Jail in Ranchi since December 23. "I am sure our Chief Laluji will attend RJD's crucial meeting tomorrow" says Bihar party chief Ramchandra Purve. Lalu Prasad was the Chief Minister of then undivided Bihar from 1990 to 1997. Lalu Prasad was convicted for fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar treasury during 1991-94.
Soon after the announcement of quantum of punishment, RJD leaders said that they would appeal against the sentence in a higher court.
"The special court's judgement to convict and sentence Lalu Prasad will not have impact on forces fighting for secularism and social justice".