In a huge setback to Lalu Prasad Yadav, a special CBI court sentenced him to five years of rigorous imprisonment in the third fodder scam.
Former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra too was sentenced to five years in jail along with Lalu, who is already serving a 3.5 year jail term in another fodder scam case.
Both have been fined Rs.5 lakh each by the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge SS Prasad in the case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs.33.67 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in 1992-1993.
It was alleged that the Rs 33.67-crore was withdrawn on fake allotment letters.
The RJD chief is at present lodged in the Birsa Munda jail in Ranchi after being convicted on December 23 in a case pertaining to embezzlement of over Rs. 85 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.
On January 7, Lalu was sentenced to three-and-a-half years imprisonment on offences of cheating, along with criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Lalu Prasad was the Chief Minister of undivided Bihar from 1990 to 1997.
However, Mishra, who was Lalu’s co-accused in the Deoghar scam as well and was let off along with six others has been convicted this time round.
Prasad’s first conviction in yet another case of fodder scam in September, 2013 barred him for fighting elections for six years. Prasad is facing trial in a total of six fodder scam cases.
The multi-million-fodder scam surfaced in 1996 and at directive of Patna High Court, the investigation was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). When Lalu Prasad moved the Supreme Court against high court order, the SC ordered the Patna High Court to monitor the investigation.
Lalu Prasad had to step down as Chief Minister post in 1997 following his arrest in the scam.
A total of 62 cases were filed by the CBI and majority of them were transferred Ranchi after Jharkhand was carved out from Bihar in 2000. The special CBI court has delivered judgment in 48 cases and several politicians, bureaucrats and others have been convicted.