Patna/Ranchi: A Special CBI Court in Ranchi on Saturday sent Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in jail for three and half years and also fined him Rs.05 lakh.
The court also said the jail term will be extended further if the fine is not deposited.
Responding to the court order, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Former Union Minister, Ex-Bihar Chief Minister and one of the tallest secular leaders in India, said he would not succumb to pressure tactics and would happily die for social justice.
"Rather than practising BJP’s Simple Rule - “Follow us or We will Fix you”. I will die happily fixing myself for Social justice, harmony & equality", Lalu Prasad Yadav tweeted soon after the court order.
Rather than practising BJP’s Simple Rule - “Follow us or We will Fix you”. I will die happily fixing myself for Social justice, harmony & equality.— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) January 6, 2018
Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted by the Special CBI court on December 23 in second of the five fodder scam cases. The CBI court had also ordered all properties acquired by Lalu Prasad Yadav after 1990 to be attached.
The case relates to embezzling of more than Rs. 85 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994. In this case, Lalu Yadav faced accusations that as the Chief Minister and Finance Minister back in the nineties, he kept the file for an inquiry against the mastermind of the scam pending for 16 months and gave three other officials extensions despite objections from bureaucrats.
After the court verdict, Lalu Prasad Yadav had sought a minimun punishment citing health ground and since he was not directly involved in the case.
Meanwhile, Lalu’s son and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said they would move high court after studying the sentence and apply for a bail.
"We have full faith in the judiciary. I hope Lalu ji will be with us soon. This will not affect our party. Lalu ji is considered as a mass leader and all the people are with us.
"The Centre has misused the central agency. This is a conspiracy to break the RJD, but we will give a fitting reply to this at the right time. It is a challenging time for us, but we will fight back," he told while talking to reporters.