File photo of Lalu Yadav. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has been sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment each under two offences in Dumka treasury case.
The verdict has been delivered under IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.
An additional fine of Rs 60 lakh has also been imposed.
Imprisonment of 7 years each has been given under IPC & Prevention of Corruption Act, both to run concurrently. Total fine will be Rs. 60 lakh. Sentence of previous case to also run concurrently: Prabhat Kumar, Lalu Yadav's lawyer on sentence in Dumka treasury case #FodderScam pic.twitter.com/r1d7r4PMwU— ANI (@ANI) March 24, 2018
Responding to the judgement, Lalu Yadav's son and former deputy chief minister of Bihar, has said that they will challenge the court's verdict in the High court.
He added that there was a threat to Lalu Yadav's life.
We will challenge it in HC. We Will decide further strategy on basis of overall judgement in all 4 cases. I am sure there is threat to Lalu Ji's life, looking at the conspiracy being planned by BJP: Tejashwi Yadav on Lalu Yadav sentenced to 7 yrs in prison in Dumka treasury case pic.twitter.com/dlyFWGUuYv— ANI (@ANI) March 24, 2018
Lalu was convicted in the case on March 19 by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi.
The case involves the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from December 1995 to January 1996 from the Dumka treasury.
The fodder scam was first unearthed in the 1990's by the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General when it noticed that invoices from the Bihar treasury would always come in late.
Lalu, who is accused in a total of six fodder scam cases, has been found guilty in three cases so far.
An earlier conviction in 2013 for five years had made him ineligible to stand for elections for six years.