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Fodder scam sentencing: Lalu Yadav's son Tejashwi targets Nitish Kumar

Lalu Yadav’s sentencing Congress backs RJD Tejashwi

Lalu Prasad has already been convicted by trial court and sentenced to five years jail term in Chaibasa treasury withdrawal case connected to the fodder scam.

A special CBI court in Ranchi pronounced the quantum of punishment for Lalu a few minutes ago.

He was fined Rs 5 lakh for each case, failing which he would serve another six months in jail, a CBI counsel said.

"The BJP, RSS and Nitish Kumar had got threatened with Lalu Prasad's effort for opposition's unity against BJP and Narendra Modi after the party had organised BJP bhagao, Desh bachao rally in Patna, so they conspired to send him to jail... but we'll not be cowed down with Lalu Prasad in jail but will come out more stronger", said Tejaswi Yadav.

Lalu Yadav on Friday had filed a plea seeking minimum punishment for himself citing his poor health condition. "I am sure our Chief Laluji will attend RJD's crucial meeting tomorrow" says Bihar party chief Ramchandra Purve.

He was convicted by the court on December 23, 2017, and has been lodged in Birsa Munda prison since then.

The 16 convicted include three former IAS officers: Phoolchand Mandal, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad. The 1997 fodder scam case had virtually brought down his political career.

Eleven of them died and three turned approvers, while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said. After spending two months in jail, Supreme Court granted bail to Prasad in the first fodder scam case. Today's hearing on the quantum of sentence pertains to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury when Lalu Yadav was the CM of Bihar between 1991 and 1994.