RJD chief Lalu Prasad was on Saturday sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail and fined Rs 10 lakh by a special CBI court in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury 21 years ago.
No one is above the law, the BJP and its ally JD (U) said today after a special CBI court sentenced Lalu Prasad to jail in a fodder scam case, while the RJD said its leader has fallen prey to a "conspiracy" by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the saffron party. He was asked to pay a fine of five lakhs.
The hearing is to be held through video conferencing.
Meanwhile, Lalu's son and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said that the trial court's decision will be challenged in the high court.
Lalu's son Tejaswwi Yadav, who alleged political vendetta behind the case, stated that his father was not afraid of the verdict.
Mishra and Janata Dal-United leader Jagdish Sharma were also convicted in the first fodder scam case and were awarded four years imprisonment each.
The presiding judge said, "An open jail is best for these people (convicts), as they also have experience of cow farming'".
The 69-year-old RJD supremo, in a written plea on Thursday, had sought leniency from the CBI court citing illness and old age, according to his counsel Chittaranjan Prasad. Post verdict, Prasad was taken into custody and taken to the Birsa Munda Prison in Ranchi. "Our charges against Lalu has been vindicated by Court", said Sushil Modi, deputy chief minister of Bihar.
The CBI special judge had on December 23 acquitted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the case.
The court sentenced all 16 convicts in the case, from seven years to three-and-a-half years.
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