Lalu gets 5-year jail in 3rd fodder scam case

A special CBI court on Wednesday sentenced former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra to five years in prison in a fodder scam case and slapped a fine of Rs 10 lakh on the former and Rs 5 lakh on the latter. The special Central Bureau of Investigation court Judge S.S. Prasad pronounced the judgment related to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in 1992-1993. The special CBI court has convicted 50 people and acquitted six in this case. This is third case in the fodder scam in which the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief has been convicted, while it is the second for Mishra. The CBI judge pronounced the quantum of sentence at 2 p.m. The court slapped two fines of Rs 5 lakh against Lalu and a Rs 5 lakh fine on Mishra. Earlier at 11 a.m., Lalu Prasad was brought to the CBI court from the Birsa Munda Central Jail, where he has been lodged since January 6 following his conviction on December 23, 2017 for three and half years in a fodder scam case related to the Deoghar Treasury. Of the 50 convicted in the Chaibasa treasury case, six are politiciana, three former IAS officials, including former Jharkhand Chief secretary Sajjal Chrkravarty and others. The convicted also included four women, who were suppliers in the fodder scam and each of them were awarded three years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 fine each.

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