Ex-Bihar Chief Minister and Chief of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Lalu Prasad Yadav has been found guilty of illegal withdrawals of INR 139.35 crore from the Doranda Treasury by a special CBI court in Ranchi.
Yadav has now been convicted in all five fodder scam cases in which he was named as a conspirator in the courtroom presided over by Judge CK Shashi..
Yadav along with 98 other accused were all present in court. 24 were acquitted on all charges.
35 were sentenced to three years in jail, including former MP Jagdish Sharma and then Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Dhruv Bhagat.
Sentencing for Lalu Yadav and the 39 others found guilty will take place on February 21.
‘We have given an application seeking instruction to shift him (Lalu Yadav) to RIMS (Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi) on grounds of poor health. Court will hear application at 2 pm,’ Yadav’s lawyer, Prabhat Kumar, was quoted by news agency ANI.
Lalu Yadav has already been found guilty in four other matters related to the infamous INR 950 crore fodder scam – the fraudulent withdrawals of INR 37.7 crore and INR 33.13 crore from the Chaibasa treasury, INR 89.27 crore from the Deoghar treasury, and INR 3.76 crore from the Dumka treasury.
For his conviction in the Dumka case he was also handed a fine of INR 60 lakh.
He has challenged all four previous convictions and will likely challenge this too, he is currently out on bail after having been sentenced to a total of 14 years in prison.
Yadav has spent over three years in judicial custody, since December 2017. Most of his term was served most of his at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences. He was brought to Delhi in January last year over health concerns.
If given a sentence of over three years in the fifth case, Yadav will have to return to jail.
Yadav’s son Tejashwi has led the RJD and has strengthened the party in the recent Bihar elections, the first time in 40 years that Lalu Yadav has missed a major campaign.
Lalu Yadav has no retirement plans even as his son runs things in his absence. Despite his legal and medical problems, the RJD chief seems unlikely to step down.
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