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NEW DELHI: India’s cowboy politician and former railway minister Lalu Yadav has been given five years in jail in the famous Rs 950-crore fodder scam.
The former Bihar chief minister, who was a product of the Jayaprakash Narain movement in the 1970s against Indira Gandhi,
was also fined Rs 25 lakh by CBI special judge PK Singh in Ranchi on Thursday.
It means Lalu Yadav, 65, who is lodged in Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi, also loses his parliament seat because anyone jailed for more than two years cannot retain his or her elected position. “Sir, I am innocent. I have been falsely framed in the case,” Lalu pleaded with the judge during a video conference from the jail.
Another former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra, who was among the 37 accused in the case, was given four years and fined Rs 2 lakh.
Sitting MP Jagdish Prasad gets four years and a fine of Rs 5 lakh. Former Bihar MLA RK Rana gets five years and a fine of Rs 30 lakh.
Four IAS officers and 25 fodder suppliers get four years each.
The fodder scam involving fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa treasury came to light in 1996 when Lalu Prasad was the chief minister of Bihar.
Lalu had to quit in 1997 when his name figured in the scam and he spent a few months jail at that time.