Will not compromise on justice: Nitish Kumar reacts to Lalu Prasad's conviction in fodder scam

A special CBI court on Wednesday sentenced former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad to five years in prison in a fodder scam case.

Will not compromise on justice: Nitish Kumar reacts to Lalu Prasad's conviction in fodder scam

PATNA: Reacting to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's conviction and sentencing in the third fodder scam case, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said they will not compromise on our justice and development agenda. 

"We don't have anything to do with this. It's a judicial decision, we will not react on it. But will not compromise on our justice and development agenda," the Bihar CM said.

Without naming anyone, he also said that "unsocial discussions happen on social media. People who do not know ABCD of politics act as political experts on social media."

A special CBI court on Wednesday sentenced former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra to five years in prison in a fodder scam case.

The special Central Bureau of Investigation court of Judge SS Prasad pronounced the judgment related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in 1992-1993.

This is the third case in the fodder scam in which the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief has been convicted, while it is the second for Jagnnath Mishra.

Lalu Prasad is already lodged in the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi serving his three and half years of imprisonment that he was sentenced to January 6 following his conviction on December 23, 2017 in the Deoghar Treasury fodder scam case. 

The fodder scam case pertains to the alleged fraudulent withdrawal from the Chaibasa treasury in the early 1990s. An amount of about Rs 33.7 crore was allegedly drawn against a sanction amount of just Rs 7.1 lakh.

Reacting to Lalu's conviction, his son and former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav said: "people of Bihar believe that Lalu ji is a hero". He alleged that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had played a role in framing Lalu Prasad in fodder scam case.

"People know how BJP, RSS and more importantly Nitish Kumar have conspired against Lalu ji. We will approach higher courts against all these verdicts," he said.

 

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