Lalu Prasad Yadav sentenced 3.5 years of jail in fodder scam by a special CBI

Highlights: 

  • Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav was sentenced to 3.5 years of jail time in a fodder scam case by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
  • The Court also fined Lalu Yadav Rs 5 lakh.
  • The quantum of sentence was announced by the special CBI judge Shivpal Singh via video conferencing.
  • The court also said if he fails to furnish the fine, his jail term would extend by six months.
  • Apart from Lalu Yadav 20 others accused were present in the court when the quantum of sentence was pronounced.
  • The sentence was announced in the fodder scam case relating to embezzling of more than Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.
  • On December 3, the court had pronounced Lalu and 14 others guilty in the case.
  • Seven other accused were acquitted including former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra.
  • The fodder scam involved the embezzlement of about Rs 900 crore from the Bihar exchequer.
  • The corruption scheme involved the fabrication of ‘vast herds of fictitious livestock for which fodder, medicines and animal husbandry equipment was supposedly procured over a period of 20 years’. 
  • The scam came to light in 1996.