The case pertained to the embezzlement of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa district treasury during 1992-93. Photograph:( PTI )
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra have been sentenced to five years in prison in the third fodder scam case.
Former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra also sentenced to five years in prison in third fodder scam case by Ranchi Court— ANI (@ANI) January 24, 2018
The two have also been fined Rs 5 lakh each by the Ranchi court.
Third fodder scam case: Both Lalu Yadav and Jagannath Mishra also fined Rs 5 lakhs each by Ranchi Court— ANI (@ANI) January 24, 2018
This is the third fodder scam case -- referred to as the Chaibasa treasury case. The case pertained to the embezzlement of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa district treasury during 1992-93.
Lalu is currently serving a 3.5-year jail term in Ranchi's Birsa Munda jail after being found guilty (in a fodder scam case) on December 23, 2017.
The RJD will continue the legal battle in the fodder scam case, party leader Raghuvansh Prasad said on Wednesday after Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad was found guilty in the third case in the scam.
Raghuvansh Prasad, known to be close to the former Chief Minister, said that the sentences given to the RJD chief would only "strengthen" the party's resolve.
"The jail sentence (given to Lalu Prasad) will strengthen our party and supporters, it will bring unity," said the national vice president of the party.
"We will keep the fight on, we will continue to fight the legal battle," he said.
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.