Ranchi- RJD supremo Lalu Prasad was on Saturday sentenced to three and a half years jail in a fodder scam case. Judge Shivpal Singh pronounced the quantum of sentence via video conferencing. The court also imposed Rs 5 Lakh fine on Lalu.
In today's scam case order, former chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Jagdish Sharma was sentenced to a prison term of seven years and fined Rs 20 lakh while RJD leader R K Rana was jailed for three and six months and fined Rs 10 lakh. His son Tejashwi Yadav said that they will approach the high court and also apply for bail after studying the sentence.
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However, the court could not pronounce the quantum of punishment on January 5 as well and the sentencing deferred for one more day.
The court had on December 23 convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in the case relating to the multi-million-rupee scam. After spending two months in jail, Supreme Court granted bail to Prasad in the first fodder scam case.
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Earlier in the day, Lalu's wife Rabri Devi has called an emergency meeting to decide the individual roles for party leaders in likely absence of the RJD chief. The court had found his predecessor and former CM of Bihar Jagannath Mishra not guilty and acquitted him of all charges. The 16 convicted people include three former IAS officials Phoolchand Mandal, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad. Lalu has been convicted in the Deoghar Treasury case.
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