New Delhi, March 24: The special CBI court in Ranchi sentenced Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav to 7 Years in Prison and fined him Rs 30 lakh in Dumka Treasury Case, one of the four cases in the Fodder Scam. Lalu along with 19 other accused were held guilty in the fourth fodder scam case on March 19. Dumka treasury case is related to alleged withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury when Prasad was the chief minister of Bihar. (Also Read: Key Facts And Timeline of Bihar Fodder Scam: Here’s all You Need to Know)
Speaking to reporters, Lalu Yadav’s lawyer, Prabhat Kumar said,”Imprisonment of 7 years each has been given under IPC & Prevention of Corruption Act, both to run concurrently. Total fine will be Rs. 60 lakh. Sentence of previous case to also run concurrently.”
The RJD chief had already been convicted in three fodder scam cases in 2013, 2017 and 2018 and sentenced to 5, 3.5 and 5 years of imprisonment respectively. His first conviction, on September 30, 2013, was a major blow to him as he faced disqualification from Lok Sabha and a ban on contesting election.
Last year in December, the RJD supremo was convicted in a third fodder scam case and was awarded 3.5 years jail term. On January 24, the special CBI court sentenced Lalu to five years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10 lakh.
Lalu has been in Birsa Munda jail at Ranchi since December 23, 2017, after being convicted in the second case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of money from Deogarh treasury.