'We will appeal court verdict,' Lalu Prasad's wife Rabri Devi
Former chief minister of Bihar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad was on Monday held guilty in the fourth fodder scam case that also involves 30 others.
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here in its judgment said the RJD chief was guilty of fraudulently withdrawing Rs. 3.13 crore from Dumka Treasury between December 1995 and January 1996, when he was the chief minister of undivided Bihar.
Former chief minister Jagannath Mishra from the Bhartiya Jan Congress (Rashtriya) was acquitted by the court in the case. At least 14 others were also convicted.
Lalu, who has been admitted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) after falling sick in the jail on Saturday, was not present for the hearing.
Lalu Prasad is already serving a jail term of 13.5 years in three fodder cases and has been lodged in the Birsa Munda jail.
“Koi comment nahi karna hai (I do not want to make any comment),” Lalu Prasad said when asked for a reaction by reporters post the verdict.
His wife, Rabri Devi said: "We will follow Court's order & won't leave Bihar & go anywhere else however we are also going to appeal in the Court. He wasn't keeping well. He shouldn't have been called before Court in such condition."
We will follow Court's order & won't leave Bihar & go anywhere else however we are also going to appeal in the Court. He wasn't keeping well. He shouldn't have been called before Court in such condition: Rabri Devi on Lalu Yadav convicted in Fodder scam (Dumka Treasury) case pic.twitter.com/kPityE1xcX— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2018
While, RJD vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh was quoted saying: "Ajab hai Narendra Modi aur Nitish ka mel, ajab hai khel, dubara se ho gaya Jagannath Mishra riha, aur Lalu Yadav ko jail. Ek aadmi ko jail, ek aadmi ko bail, ye hai Narendra Modi ka khel."
The nation soon took to Twitter and left no mercy in mocking Lalu.