Lalu Prasad Yadav sentenced 3.5 years of jail in fodder scam by a special CBI
- 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
- 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
- On December 3, the court had pronounced Lalu and 14 others
guilty in the case.
- Seven other accused were acquitted including former Bihar CM
- 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.