Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad moves Jharkhand High Court

Last Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 16:07

Zee Media Bureau

Ranchi: Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday moved the Jharkhand High Court against the CBI court judgement which found him guilty in a fodder scam case.

"We have filed a petition in the high court against the conviction, seeking bail, pleading stay on sentence and penalty (fine amount)," Yadav`s counsel Chitaranjan said.

Lalu was on October 03 sentenced to undergo five years rigorous imprisonment for pilfering the state treasury in the fodder scam, effectively derailing his political career.

The founder leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) claimed innocence when he heard the sentence -- he was also fined Rs 25 lakh -- over video conference at the Birsa Munda Central Jail. CBI judge Pravas Kumar Singh had told him to appeal in the higher court.

The sentencing took away Lalu Prasad`s membership of the Lok Sabha, where he was a familiar face and rubbed shoulders with India`s political Who`s Who.

Lalu Prasad stepped down as chief minister in 1997 when his name figured in the CBI investigation in the fodder scam. Rabri Devi succeeded him. But while his first stint in prison did not really halt his political career, this one is widely expected to, at least for a decade.

(With IANS inputs)

First Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 15:49
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