5-year jail, 25-lakh fine for Lalu

PTI, NEW DELHI | 03 October 2013 17:04 IST

RJD leader Lalu Prasad was today sentenced to five years imprisonment in a 17-year-old fodder scam case by a special CBI court after he was convicted on corruption and other charges four days back.

The sentencing by special CBI judge Pravas Kumar Singh disqualifies Prasad from Parliament and renders him ineligible for contesting elections for 11 years. 65-year-old Prasad and other convicts are currently lodged in the Birsa Munda Central Jail here.

The former Bihar Chief Minister, who was convicted on September 30 dealing a body blow to RJD ahead of next Lok Sabha polls, was also fined Rs 25 lakhs.

Another former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra was sentenced to four years imprisonment in the case.

Six other politicians and four IAS officers, among the convicted, were also sentenced to prison terms for fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa treasury when Prasad was heading the RJD Government in the early 1990s.

Of the 45 convicts, the judge had delivered the sentence against eight of them on September 30 itself.

 

Earlier today, arguments on the quantum of sentence for Prasad and 36 other convicts were completed in the special court here with CBI seeking maximum prison term of up to seven years for them.

The counsel of Yadav, Mishra, sitting JD(U) MP Jagdish Sharma, former legislator R. K. Rana and others had pleaded for lesser sentences.

Former Development Commissioner Phoolchand Singh, former Science and Technology Secretary Mahesh Prasad, former AHD Secretary Beck Juleus, former Income Tax Commissioner Adhip Chandra Choudhary, former Class I officers Gouri Shankar Prasad, Brajnandan Sharma, K. M. Prasad (all three were with the Animal Husbandry Department) and other officials, suppliers were among those found guilty.

A sitting MP from Jahanabad, Sharma also faces disqualification in the wake of a Supreme Court judgement that an MP or MLA would stand disqualified immediately if convicted by a court for crimes with punishment of two years or more and under some other laws even without jail sentence.

RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha has said the verdict would be challenged in a higher court.

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Thus far I must give Lalu Prasad one credit. He has not yet complained of Chest pains & Blood Pressure(BP) issues...unlike our Goan Ministers & Bureaucrats when confronted with the prospect of being jailed.

Many Goans (specially South) will recall how one MLA, who now calls himself a "Supremo" (Supreme Being)who has a penchant & habit for acts of criminality can "miraculously" produce water(tears) from his eyes when being shifted from Hospital to Jail over a suicide abetment case.

What is even more amusing, is how this Supremo replaced his colourful bandana for a white bleached hospital issue Bandage & had to be wheeled out of hospital in a wheel chair, with a fake contorted expression of sadness.

What a stunt, this Supremo not realising his drama was viewed as pure infantile(child-like) behaviour.

- N.Fernandes, UK | 04 th October 2013 13:34

 

Goa & Goans everywhere ,even around the world are awaiting the Jailing of its Chief Ministers & nearly all of its MLA`s & Miners. These scum of the earth, have bled Goa and Goans dry of all its equitable wealth. The MLA that nearly all Goans wish to see jailed is none other than Churchill Alemao and his daughter Valanka Alemao. Many of the declared assets & wealth of these Ministers do not tally with what most perceive they have. Using crooked and Bent Accountants they have presented White Accounts. However most Goans like Indians too are aware of the Black Accounts salted away in in Foreign Banks.

- N.Fernandes, UK | 03 rd October 2013 19:51

 

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