Fourth fodder scam case: Lalu Prasad sentenced to 7 yrs jail

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In the fourth fodder scam case, a special CBI court in Ranchi on March 24 sentenced seven years jail term to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.

On March 19, the court pronounced Lalu guilty in the Dumka treasury case, the fourth of the five fodder scam case, for fraudulently withdrawing Rs.3.13 core from the treasury when he was the Chief Minister of Bihar.

However, the Court had aquitted former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra involved in the same case.

Timeline of scams and imprisonment announced:

First fodder scam case (2013) – Five years jail term.
Second fodder scam case (2017) – Three-and-half years jail term.
Third fodder scam case – Five years jail term.
Fourth fodder scam case- Seven years jail term.

So far, 14 of the 19 accused convicted in this case have been already acquitted and Lalu is the only convict to serve 13.5-year jail term announced by Ranchi Court.

Lalu is currently lodged in the Birsa Munda prison in Ranchi. On March 24, he was admitted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences after he fell ill while in jail, as per reports.