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RJD chief Lalu Prasad sentenced to five years in jail in third fodder scam case

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PATNA: A special CBI court in Ranchi today sentenced RJD chief Lalu Prasad to five years in jail in another fodder scam case shortly after he was convicted in the case.

The court also handed out same jail term another former Bihar chief minister Dr Jagannath Mishra in the case. He lost his wife only two days back.

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A total of 50 accused persons were held guilty in the case while six were acquitted for lack of evidence.

The case relates to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crores from Chaibasa treasury in 1992-93.

Chaibasa district which falls under Jharkhand state was then part of Bihar.

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A total of 76 persons were made accused in the case. Of them, 14 died during the course of trial, three turned approvers, two pleaded guilty while one accused has been absconding.

Prasad now lodged in Birsa Munda Central jail has already been declared guilty in two cases.

Soon after the conviction, Lalu’s son Tejashwi Yadav said his RJD would move higher courts against all the verdicts against the RJD chief.

“People know how BJP, RSS and more importantly Nitish Kumar have conspired against Laluji. We will approach higher courts against all these verdicts,” said Tejashwi.

Lalu Prasad is already convicted in another fodder scam case and was sentenced to three and a half years in jail earlier in January.

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