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Lalu Prasad Yadav sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption

Update : 24 Mar 2018, 05:34 PM

The powerful Indian politician and former chief minister of the East Indian state of Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav, was sentenced to 14 years in prison in one of the fodder scam cases on Saturday. He was also fined Rs6 million. A special court of the Central Bureau of Investigation in Ranchi, the capital of the northeast Indian state of Jharkhand, had convicted the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief in the Dumka district treasury case on Monday.

Special CBI counsel Vishnu Sharma said Yadav was sentenced to seven years in jail each under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act, The Hindu reported. The two sentences will run consecutively, whereas his previous sentences in fodder scam cases will run concurrently.

Yadav had fraudulently withdrawn around Rs35 milion from the Dumka district’s treasury when he was the chief minister of Bihar. This is one of the six cases against him in the fodder scam. The scam – exposed in 1996 – involves the embezzlement of around Rs1,000 crore from the state exchequer for the purchase of fictitious medicines and fodder for cattle between 1990 and 1997.

The RJD chief has been lodged in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Jail since a CBI court convicted him in three other fodder scam cases. He already faces more than 13 years in jail.

Yadav was admitted to a Ranchi hospital last week after complaining of chest pain.

Yadav has turned his political party, Rashtriya Janata Dal into a family enterprise, with his wife, two sons and a daughter running it. The daughter is a member of India’s Parliament and the two sons have become lawmakers in Bihar state.

Around 15% of Indian lawmakers are facing court trials on criminal charges such as rioting, murder and extortion, according to the Association for Democratic Reforms, an activist group.

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