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Fodder scam: Lalu sentenced five year jail term, Rs 60 lakh fine

Ranchi: Local CBI special court judge S K Sashi in Ranchi gave five year jail and imposed a fine of Rs 60 lakh on ex- Bihar CM and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad a fodder scam case (RC 47 A/96) associated with Doranda treasury.

Lalu’s counsel Prabhat Kumar said that they will approach high court soon for bail. “The court gave five years jail term and imposed Rs 60 lakh fine to Lalu Prasad. We had prayed for leniency on health grounds and were hoping that he will get less than 3 years jail. All the sentences will run concurrently. We hope to soon get bail from high court.”

CBI had booked total of 170 persons of which 99 were on trial as some had died over the years. Kumar said that that the maximum sentence given in this case is of five years while a fine of Rs 1.5 crore was imposed a convict. After his conviction last week, Lalu was imprisoned and later lodged at Rims due to his poor health. 

The Doranda treasury case involved illegal withdrawal of Rs 139 crore in 1995-96 when Lalu was the chief minister of Bihar. CBI had pegged the total fodder scam worth Rs 950 crore.