On Saturday, a special court sentenced Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav for 3.5 years in jail and Rs 5 lakh fine imposed in connection with a Rs 950 crore fodder scam case. The other convicts Phool Chand, Mahesh Prasad, Bake Julious, Sunil Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Sudhir Kumar and Raja Ram were also sentenced to 3.5 years in jail and a fine of Rs 5 lakh each was imposed. The hearing completed on Saturday and all the 15 convicts, including RJD chief Lalu, appeared via video conferencing.
This decision took place approximately two weeks following the court convicted Prasad and 15 other people in the case. The special judge Shivpal Singh had acquitted six others, including former chief minister Jagannath Mishra, in the case that is related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 90 lakh from the Deoghar treasury during 1991-1994. It is the second fodder scam case in which the RJD chief has been convicted. He was convicted in another case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.70 crore from Chaibasa treasury on September 30, 2013. In that conviction, Yadav got five years in prison, exclusion from Parliament and a ban from contesting elections. However, Lalu was given bail by the Supreme Court in December 2013.