Former Bihar Chief Minister and Indian railways minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has been sentenced to five years in prison after a CBI court in Ranchi found him and 15 others guilty of corruption in a notorious case known as the “fodder scam”.
Six others, including former chief minister Jagannath Mishra, was jailed on Monday after being found guilty. The court will rule on the jail sentence on January 3. Lalu Yadav’s party Rashtriya Janata Dal, which will be led by Lalu’s younger son, Tejashwi Yadav, called the case “a tragedy of errors”.
Lalu along with 15 others were convicted by the special Central Bureau of Investigation court for embezzling of more than Rs 85 lakh from the Deoghar district treasury between 1991 and 1994, when Yadav was Bihar’s chief minister.
The judgment is yet another big blow to RJD’s first family, coming hours after the Enforcement Directorate filed a charge-sheet against Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband in a corruption case.
Lalu Prasad Yadav now becomes one of the first Indian politicians to lose his parliamentary seat after a recent Supreme Court ruling which bans convicted legislators from holding office.