5th Fodder Scam Case: Lalu Gets 5-Yr Jail, Rs. 60 L Fine

In a fifth case related to the fodder scam, Lalu Yadav was convicted today to five years in prison and a fine of Rs 60 lakh.

Last Monday, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader was found guilty in the case. The case concerns the illicit removal of Rs 139.5 crore from the Doranda treasury as part of the fodder scandal that occurred during Lalu Yadav’s tenure as Chief Minister of Bihar in the 1990s.

Along with 39 others, the three-time Chief Minister was found guilty.

5th Fodder Scam Case: Lalu Gets 5-Yr Jail, Rs. 60 L Fine

“I oppose those who seek to divide people. They know they won’t be able to defeat us, so they try to entrap us in conspiracies. I’ve never been terrified or bowed down in front of anyone. I’m going to keep battling. The sufferings of a fighter will never be understood by a coward “Lalu Yadav used Hindi in his tweets.
Lalu Yadav, who is on bail and ill, was able to attend the court session via video conferencing.

The 73-year-old commander was transported to the Ranchi jail hospital on February 15 after being condemned. He could be released shortly after serving more than three and a half years in prison.

Another case involving the fodder fraud is currently pending in the CBI court in Patna. The issue involves an unauthorised withdrawal of funds from the Bank of Bhagalpur’s treasury.

The 950-crore fodder scandal involves widespread corruption, with monies intended for animal feed embezzled from a number of government treasuries across Bihar. To aid the scheme, the Animal Husbandry Department allegedly produced bogus bills.

5th Fodder Scam Case: Lalu Gets 5-Yr Jail, Rs. 60 L Fine

When asked about Lalu Yadav’s punishment, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar distanced himself from the situation. “They also came to me after the case was filed. Some of the people who filed lawsuits are still with him today “Nitish Kumar stated that he will not be a petitioner.

In four cases, Lalu Yadav has disputed his conviction.

Lalu Yadav has been in prison since December 2017, serving the majority of his sentence at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Jharkhand. After his health deteriorated, he was flown to Delhi in January of last year.

“We had a mandate to rule in Bihar in 2020, but they (BJP and Nitish Kumar) came in through the backdoor and took power. Over and over, the same person gets hounded “Tejashwi Yadav, Lalu Yadav’s son and RJD MLA, is considered his political heir.

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