The Hush Post: Former chief minister of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison and a fine of Rs 10 lakh has been imposed by a special CBI court in the second fodder scam case in which he was found guilty. If Lalu fails to pay the fine, it would lead to an addition of six-month extension to his term. Lalu is currently lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi.
The sentence was announced today via video conferencing after being postponed three times this week. While completing sentencing hearings in this fodder scam case, Judge Shivpal Singh wryly observed that “an open jail is best for the convicts, because they have experience in cow farming.”
The CBI court had on December 23 convicted the RJD chief and more than 12 others in a case related to the wrongfyl withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district treasury in Bihar in four years between 1990 and 1994. Lalu was convicted in the first of five fodder scam cases, in 2013, and for that was sentenced to five years in prison.