A special CBI court in Ranchi on Saturday sentenced Lalu Prasad and 7 others, namely Phool Chand, Mahesh Prasad, Bake Julious, Sunil Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Sudhir Kumar and Raja Ram, to 3.5 years imprisonment and Rs5 lakh fine each in the second fodder scam case.
He was fined Rs 5 lakh for each case, failing which he would serve another six months in jail, a CBI counsel said.
"The court has awarded three-and-a-half years jail to Lalu Prasad and ₹10 lakh fine to him".
Yadav, 69, is a former railways minister and ex-chief minister of the impoverished eastern state of Bihar where he enjoys huge popular support for championing lower castes.
"An open jail is best for these people (convicts), as they also have experience of cow farming", the judge was quoted as saying by the ANI.
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Four years ago, Lalu Yadav was convicted in the first case of fodder scam and was given a five-year jail term.
He was convicted by the court on December 23, 2017, and has been lodged in Birsa Munda prison since then.
At the emergency meeting of the party today, Tejashwi Yadav said the people were with Lalu Yadav.
The court sentenced all 16 convicts in the case, from seven years to three-and-a-half years. Lalu has been convicted in the Deoghar Treasury case.
Furthermore, in the wake of court's ruling and pronouncement of sentence against Lalu Prasad Yadav senior members of the RJD are expected to meet today to discuss the party's strategy and the "emerging political situation".
The CBI special judge had on December 23 acquitted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the case.