Fodder Scam

Ranchi, Jan 6 (UNI) A Special CBI court on Saturday awarded three and a half years of imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs five lakh on former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad in a case related to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89 point 4 crore from the Deoghar treasury.

The court of special CBI judge Shivpal Singh announced the punishment to Mr Yadav under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) 420 (cheating, dishonestly), 467 (forgery), 471 (forged record) and 477 (A) (falsification) of the Indian Penal Code.

The court imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh under Sections 13 (2) (prevention of corruption) read with Sec 13 (1) (c) (d).

Failing to pay the fine, Mr Yadav would have to undergo further imprisonment of six months, the judgement said. Both the punishments would run simultaneously, the court maintained.

In the same case former MP Jagdish Sharma was awarded seven years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 20 lakh was imposed on him (failing to pay the fine further imprisonment of one year) while former MLA R K Rana too was awarded an imprisonment of three and a half years and Rs five lakh fine imposed (failing to pay the fine further imprisonment of six months).

Beik Julis (Former Animal Husbandry Secretary) Mahesh Prasad (Former Animal Husbandry Secretary) and Phoolchand Singh (former Development Commissioner) were given imprisonments of three and a half years each while a fine of Rs five lakh was imposed on them. Failing to pay the fine they would have to undergo further imprisonment of six months.

Dr Krishna Kumar (former animal husbandry officer) was given seven years of imprisonment and was fined Rs 20 lakh (failing to pay the fine he would have to undergo further imprisonment of two years) and Subir Bhattacharya (former treasury officer) was awarded an imprisonment of three and a half years and was imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh (failing to pay the fine further imprisonment of 1 year).

Among the suppliers Raja Ram Joshi, Sunil Kumar Sinha and Sushil Kumar Sinha were awarded imprisonment of three and a half years and were imposed a fine of Rs five lakh each (failing to pay the fine they would have to undergo further imprisonment of six months.

Tripurari Mohan Prasad, Sunil Gandhi, Sanjay Kumar Aggarwal, Jyoti Kumar Jha and Gopinath Das were all given an imprisonment of sevev years each and were fined Rs 10 lakh each (failing to pay the fine they would have to undergo further imprisonment of one year).

On the other hand the lawyer of Lalu Prasad, Prabhat Kumar said that he was a little disappointed with the punishment awarded to Lalu Prasad and had hoped that his client would have received a maximum of three years of imprisonment. Mr Kumar said that he would be now moving the High Court to seek the bail of Lalu Yadav.

The judgement copy will be handed over to the lawyer either on Saturday evening itself or on Monday. The lawyer said that after going through the judgement copy they would be moving the High Court for bail and exuded confidence that the higher court would be granting bail to Mr Yadav.

The court had on December 23, 2017 convicted Lalu Yadav and 15 others in the case while it had let off another former Bihar Chief Minister Jaggannath Mishra and five others in the case.

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