Fodder scam sentencing: Lalu Yadav's son Tejashwi targets Nitish Kumar

Posted January 08, 2018

Ranchi: RJD chief Lalu Prasad was on Saturday sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail by a CBI special court in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury 21 years ago.

In Patna, Lalu's son Tejashwi Yadav, who held an emergency meeting to discuss the party's strategy, said, "The judiciary performed its duty".

RJD leader and son of Lalu Prasad Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav today claimed that BJP would have given his father title of "Raja Harischandra" had he aligned himself with the party.

RJD sources said that the party would appeal against the verdict.

The CBI special judge had on December 23 acquitted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the case. Last year, Nitish Kumar dissolved his alliance with Lalu Yadav and the Congress and partnered with the BJP instead.

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Tejashwi also charged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the BJP with "conspiring against Lalu, whose huge mass appeal and willingness to courageously take on communal forces have always left his detractors insecure". It is a conspiracy to break RJD by RSS in which Lalu ji was made a scapegoat.

Lalu Yadav has said his conviction was a fallout of political vengeance.

The fodder scam involved the embezzlement of more than Rs. 970 crore in government funds in the 1990s during Lalu Yadav's term as the Chief Minister of undivided Bihar from 1990 to 1997.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and 15 others were convicted on December 23 in a case related to the multi-million-rupee fodder scam by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court.

According to legal experts, Lalu Prasad could apply for bail immediately at the lower court itself if the quantum of sentence happens to be less than three years.