Ranchi, Jan 6: The special CBI court on Saturday awarded 3.5 years jail term and Rs 10 lakh fine to RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in fodder scam case.
Special court Judge Shiv Pal Singh announced the quantum of the sentence through video conferencing after hearing arguments.
The court also said if RJD Chief fails to furnish the fine, his jail term would extend by six months.
Lalu has been sentenced in the case relating to embezzling of over Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.
Earlier, Yadav’s advocate had filed a plea before Ranchi Special CBI Court demanding minimum punishment to the RJD Chief on health grounds.
The sentences range from three-and-a-half-years to seven years imprisonment. The maximum fine imposed was Rs 10 lakh, slapped on three convicts including Jagdish Sharma, former Public Accounts Committee chairman, and all sentenced the seven years jail too.
The arguments on quantum of sentence had been going on since Thursday when those of five convicts were heard and another five, including Lalu Prasad, was heard on Friday.
The RJD Chief was convicted by the special CBI court in second Fodder scam case on December 23. Presently, RJD Supremo along with other convicts is under custody in Birsa Munda Jail of Jharkhand.
Meanwhile, the court acquitted the former Chief Minister of Bihar Jagannath Mishra who was also an accused in the case.
After his conviction, the leader accused the central government of framing him in the case and claimed that the whole Bihar is with him in his fight.