Fodder scam case: Sentencing of Lalu Prasad Yadav today, lawyers seek 'minimum punishment'
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Fodder scam case: Sentencing of Lalu Prasad Yadav today, lawyers seek 'minimum punishment'

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Ranchi: A special court on Wednesday will pronounce the quantum of sentence for jailed former Bihar CM and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fodder scam case.

He is at present lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi.

Lalu`s lawyer on Tuesday told reporters that they would press for minimum punishment in the case. "Lalu is 70 years old and suffering from many diseases. We will seek minimum punishment for him," they said, as per IANS.

According to the lawyers, Lalu can be awarded three to seven years` punishment. If he gets three years` punishment, he would get bail soon after sentencing.

A special CBI court had on December 23, 2017, convicted the RJD chief and 15 others in a fodder scam case while acquitting six including another former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra. Lalu and Mishra are already convicted in a fodder scam case in 2013 and are out on bail.

CBI judge Shivpal Singh had pronounced the verdict in the case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

Lalu and other convicts were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the verdict.

In a series of tweets, Lalu Prasad had attacked the BJP over his conviction, accusing the party of playing 'dirty politics' to get votes by tarnishing the image of its opponents.

The RJD chief had said he would keep on fighting for social causes till his last breath. ...

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