Saturday, 19 October, 2019

Lalu Prasad Yadav Sentenced To 14 Years Imprisonment In Dumka Treasury Case

Fodder scam 14 year jail term Rs 60 lakh fine for Lalu in Dumka Treasury case Courts Fodder scam 14 year jail term Rs 60 lakh fine for Lalu in Dumka Treasury case By India Legal
Patty Aguilar | 24 March, 2018, 14:06

On January 6, 2018, a special CBI court sentenced Prasad to three-and-a-half years in jail and fined him ₹10 lakh in the second fodder scam case for fraudulent withdrawal of ₹89.27 lakh from the Deoghar treasury 21 years ago. The Special CBI court of judge Shivpal Singh has also fined the RJD chief Rs 60 lakh for his role in the Dumka Treasury case.

The fifth case relating to alleged fraudulent withdrawal of ₹139 crore from the Doranda treasury in Ranchi is pending with the court.

The court had, on Monday, convicted Lalu Prasad after finding him guilty on the charges of conspiracy and corruption in the case. This is the severest sentence handed to the 69-year-old former Bihar chief minister so far in the fodder scam cases.

If the the sentences run consecutive then Lalu Prasad will remain imprisoned for 14 years.

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This is the fourth of five cases linked with the Fodder Scam in which Lalu has been convicted and the first in which he has been awarded over five years in jail.

Prabhat Kumar, Lalu Prasad's counsel, told journalists that he will appeal in a higher court against the judgment. Yadav and 18 other accused in the Dumka case were convicted and 12 accused were acquitted on March 19. The first conviction came in 2013 when he was sentenced to five years in jail. The judgement was pronounced by special CBI Judge Shiv Pal Singh via video-conference, notes Indian Express (IE) in its report. Those who were acquitted included former Chief Minister Dr Jagannath Mishra and two retired IAS officers, Mahesh Prasad and Beck Julius.

He will have to spend one more year in prison for each of the two sets of sections for default or non-payment of fine, explained advocate Vishnu Sharma.

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