Former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav sentenced to 5 years in prison in Doranda fodder scam case

Ranchi/Bhubaneswar: Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav was on Monday sentenced to five years in prison in the Rs 139.35 crore Doranda treasury case related to the infamous fodder scam.

The ex-CM was also ordered to pay a fee of Rs 60 lakh.

A special CBI court last week convicted the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief following which he was taken into custody.

The former Bihar chief minister has filed a plea in the CBI court seeking bail. He said in the plea that if not granted bail, he should be sent to judicial custody in Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) as he is unwell.

Beside Lalu Prasad, the court has convicted 74 others including former MP Jagadish Sharma, Public Accounts Committee president Dhruv Bhagat in the case while 24 have been acquitted for want of evidence.

Thirty-six convicted persons have been sentenced up to three years in jail.

Earlier, the former Bihar chief minister was found guilty in four cases related to the Rs 950 crore fodder scam, and is serving a sentence of 27.5 years of imprisonment.

In the fifth case related to the scam, an FIR was lodged in the Doranda police station in 1996 and later the CBI took over the case for investigation.

(With IANS inputs)

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