Lalu Prasad Yadav jailed in fodder scam (Chara Ghotala)

Lalu Prasad Yadav has been sentenced for 3.5 years in a second fodder scam  (Chara Ghotala) case on the whereas his member of parliament daughter Misa Bharti was also officially charged by Enforcement Directorate in disproportionate assets, while 3 more fodder scam cases against him are also pending in the court.

CBI court in Ranchi (Bihar, India) on Saturday sentenced Lalu Prasad Yadav to 3.5 years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on him in the fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar treasury 21 years ago.

On 3 October 2013, Lalu Prasad Yadav was sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment and ₹25 lakh fine for his role in the first Fodder Scam by CBI court.

Lalu Prasad Yadav entered politics at Patna University as a student leader and was elected as then youngest member of the Lok Sabha in 1977 as a Janata Party candidate at the age of 29. He became Chief Minister of Bihar in 1990 but had to resign in 1997 following escalating corruption charges relating to the Fodder Scam. From 1997 to 2005 his wife Rabri Devi ruled as the Chief Minister, who was accused by critics of being Lalu’s “surrogate.” Lalu’s tenure as Chief Minister of the state has been criticized for lawlessness and has been termed as the Jungle Raj. After a long gap his party came to power in Bihar Legislative Assembly election, 2015 in partnership with Nitish Kumar of JD(U), but Nitish Kumar dumped Lalu’s party from the power in July 2017 after the Enforcement Directorate and CBI lodged several criminal cases against Lalu, his wife Rabri, his son and former deputy Chief Minister, Tejashwi Yadav, in another disproportionate assets and railway tender bribery scam during Lalu’s stint as the Railway Minister.

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