Lalu Prasad Yadav Fodder Scam verdict: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court today will pronounce the quantum of sentence for Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others in a fodder scam.
Lalu Prasad Yadav Fodder Scam verdict: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court today will pronounce the quantum of sentence for Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others in a fodder scam. The quantum of punishment after being rescheduled for two days now will be announced today via video conferencing. Lalu Yadav’s lawyer Chittaranjan Sinha, while talking about the case yesterday was quoted saying the same. He added that Lalu Prasad was dealing with a lot of health issues. “Lalu has diabetes, blood pressure; he almost fainted yesterday,” he said. A plea was filed by Sinha, earlier in the week before the court seeking minimum punishment for Yadav on health grounds. Prasad, in his plea, had mentioned, “I have no role in this scam directly; consider minimum punishment keeping in view my age and health grounds.”
Lalu Prasad Yadav who is currently in the Birsa Munda central jail appeared before the court of CBI special judge Shiv Pal Singh for the sentencing hearing through video conferencing. In his written plea, Yadav sought leniency due to his illness and old age. The 69-year-old RJD leader is lodged in the central jail since his conviction on December 23. The court had convicted Lalu Prasad for offences of cheating with criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act. Under the sections, Lalu Prasad can be sentenced to a minimum jail term of one year and a maximum of seven years, according to Chittaranjan Prasad, as per PTI reports.
According to legal experts, Lalu Prasad would be able to apply for bail immediately at the lower court itself if the quantum of sentence happens to be less than three years. The court concluded arguments on the quantum of punishment against Lalu Prasad and 10 others in connection with the withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deogarh Treasury between 1990 and 1994 when he was the chief minister of Bihar. Earlier, he was awarded five years imprisonment in 2013 in a case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.61 crore from the Chaibasa treasury. The RJD supremo was later released on bail granted by the Supreme Court.
Yadav faces another three fodder scam cases for illegal withdrawal of Rs 3.97 crore from the Dumka Treasury, Rs 36 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury and Rs 184 crore from the Doranda treasury. Besides Lalu Prasad, the court today heard arguments on the punishment of RJD leader R K Rana, former IAS officers Phoolchand Singh, Mahesh Prasad, former government official Subir Bhattacharya, Suppliers/transporters Tripurari Mohan Prasad, Sushil Kumar Sinha, Sunil Kumar Sinha, Raja Ram Joshi, Sanjay Agarwal and Sunil Gandhi, according to PTI.