Ranchi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has been sentenced to seven years in jail in the fourth fodder scam case – the Dumka treasury case on Saturday by a special Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) court. He was convicted in the case on Monday. Former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra was acquitted by the court. CBI judge Shiv Pal Singh convicted another 18 accused while 11 others were acquitted.
The case was related to an alleged withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury over twenty years ago. Although Yadav, after the conviction, refused to comment on the development, the party vice-president Raghubar Prasad Singh said that RJD would challenge the order in the High Court. The court was earlier postpone after the counsel of Lalu filed a petition under 319 CrPC.
Along with Lalu Prasad Yadav and former chief minister, 29 others were involved in the case, of which 18 are now convicted and 11 others have been acquitted by the court in the Dumka treasury case. Lalu has already been convicted in other three fodder scam cases. On January 24, Lalu and Mishra have sentenced to five years in jail in a case of fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37 crore from the Chaibasa treasury. Before that, Lalu was found guilty in another case of fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh and was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail and fined Rs 10 lakh in Deoghar treasury case.