Lalu sentenced to Three Years and Six Months in Jail

In Fodder Scam RJD Chief Lalu Yadav Sentenced to Three Years and Six Months in Jail

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was today sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail by a CBI special court in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury 21 years ago.

RJD had hoped that the jail term would be less than three years so that a bail petition could be filed immediately.

CBI court judge Shiv Pal Singh, who had convicted Yadav, along with ten others on December 23, also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on him for two cases in the scam.

He was fined Rs 5 lakh for each case, failing which he would serve another six months in jail, a CBI counsel said. The court had convicted Yadav for offences of cheating, along with criminal conspiracy, under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Related imageThe scam is related to withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deogarh Treasury between 1990 and 1994 when Yadav was the chief minister of Bihar.

The 69-year-old RJD supremo, in a written plea yesterday, had sought leniency from the CBI court citing illness and old age, according to his counsel Chittaranjan Prasad. The RJD went into a huddle immediately after the pronouncement of the sentence.

RJD sources said that the party would appeal against the verdict. This is the second fodder scam case in which Yadav has been jailed. He was sent to prison for five years on September 30, 2013. Yadav was granted bail by the Supreme Court after having spent over two-and-a-half months in jail.

RJD sources said that the party would appeal against the verdict. This is the second fodder scam case in which Yadav has been jailed. He was sent to prison for five years on September 30, 2013. Yadav was granted bail by the Supreme Court after having spent over two-and-a-half months in jail.

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Lalu convicted in fodder scam case; sentencing on Jan 3

Lalu Prasad convicted in fodder scam case;  Jagannath Mishra and 5 others acquitted

A special CBI court today convicted former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a fodder scam case while acquitting six including another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra.

LaluCBI judge Shivpal Singh pronounced the verdict in a packed courtroom in the case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

Lalu Prasad, the chief of RJD, and other convicts were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the verdict.

A charge sheet was filed against 38 persons on October 27, 1997. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said.

Lalu was among the 15 of the 22 accused found guilty by a special CBI court in Ranchi for the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district treasury between 1994 and 1996.

The convicts, including the RJD chief, were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the verdict. Seven of the accused, including former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra, were acquitted, reported ANI. Earlier in the day, before the verdict was pronounced, Lalu had expressed his “respect” for the country’s courts.+

“We trust and respect the judiciary. We will not let BJP’s conspiracies work. The way things happened in the 2G case, they way they happened for Ashok Chavan, the same will happen for me,” he said.

The RJD chief faced five cases in the fodder scam, of which now three are pending. He had been sentenced to five years in jail and fined Rs 25 lakh for the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.5 crore from the Chaibasa treasury in October 2013, but was granted bail by the Supreme Court in December 2013.

In 2014, the Jharkhand high court had stayed the trial against the former Bihar chief minister in four of the pending cases saying that a person convicted in one case could not be tried in similar cases based on same witnesses and evidence. The order, however, was quashed by the apex court, which ordered Lalu to stand trial in all pending fodder scam cases in which he was an accused.

On Friday, Lalu had stressed that the judgment in the fodder scam would not adversely impact the RJD+ , which would continue to be led by his sons Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav.

Hours before the judgment in the fodder scam, the Enforcement Directorate filed a chargesheet against Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband in a money laundering case.
-PTI | 23 December 2017 | Ranchi

Jungle Raj back in Bihar; Student shot dead for overtaking SUV of JD(U) MLC’s son

Jungle Raj back in Bihar; Student shot dead for overtaking SUV of JD(U) MLC’s son

Infuriated by a class XII student’s ‘temerity’ to overtake his high end ‘Land Rover’, Rocky, son of JD(U) MLC Manorma Devi, allegedly shot him (student) dead late on Saturday evening. The gory incident reminded Gayaites of the Jungle Raj days of 1990s when the MLC’s husband Bindi Yadav, a jail bird and crime control detenu created a reign of terror that caused large scale migration of businessmen from the town and incidents of house grabbing in the posh AP Colony area of the town.

The slain student has been identified as Aditya Sachdeva, a student of Nazareth Academy, the premier school run by christian missionaries.

As per available details, Aditya along with four other friends was returning from Bodh Gaya after attending a b’day party. The boys riding a Swift Dzire car overtook the MLC’s son Rocky’s Land Rover between the back side of Central jail and Police lines.

An infuriated Rocky chased the vehicle, got it stopped and allegedly shot the boy dead from point blank range in the head causing instant death. The MLC’s police body guard accompanied the VIP son during the misadventure.

The Land Rover has been recovered from the MLC’s AP Colony residence and the police body guard taken into custody. Rocky, the alleged killer has absconded. Bindi Yadav, the MLC’s husband has been detained by the police in the Rampur police station for questioning. Bindi is likely to be formally arrested on the charge of harbouring his killer son.

Confirming the incident Gaya SSP Garima Malik told TOI that raids were being conducted to nab Rocky. The arrested body guard has been identified as Rajesh Kumar.

Angry residents blocked Swarajpuri Road, the main link between Gaya railway station and the township demanding immediate arrest and speedy trial of the killer. Rocky is said to be a sharp shooter and member of Rifle Club in Delhi.
| TNN | May 8, 2016

Nitish, Lalu to pay price for insulting Biharis: Narendra Modi

Nitish, Lalu to pay price for insulting Biharis: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday targeted Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, saying both will pay a price for insulting and abusing Biharis after being tired of abusing him.
He was referring to the allegation that people attending Modi’s rallies were paid- participants.
Addressing first of his two election rallies on Friday in Gopalganj district, about 165 km from Patna, Modi said this election will take BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) successful journey forward.
“Now that you are tired of abusing Modi, you are abusing Biharis. They have alleged that people who come in Modi rallies are brought after being paid money. Isn’t this an insult to all Biharis?
“They will pay a price for it,” Modi said in reference to Nitish and Lalu, few hours before the end of campaigning for the fourth phase of polls.
“Nitish Babu call me whatever you want to, but don’t hurt the sentiments of Biharis,” he said.
Modi said NDA is running a successful election campaign and the way the leaders of the Grand Alliance are reacting shows how much popular NDA is among the people.
“You had faith in me during 2014 Lok Sabha elections, do the same now and I will finish bhai-bhatijawad and bhrashtachaar (nepotism and corruption),” he said.
The prime minister said Bihar is today angry because it is asking for the accounts of the work done in last 25 years, “which you are not willing to give. This election is also to punish those who have looted Bihar in last 25 years”.
Modi said Gopalganj is “dear to Laluji but what did Gopalganj get, didn’t the area became a mini-Chambal (an area where dacoits once held sway) during his 15 years of jungle raj”.
“Nitish Babu says return me the old days, does he want those days when kidnappings happened, women were not safe, crimes against Dalits happened? Then Nitish babu you may want the old days for staying in power, but the people of Bihar don’t want them back,” Modi said.
The prime minister said the solution for all the problems in Bihar is “development”. He reiterated that India would develop only if Bihar developed.
Modi reiterated his three-point development agenda for Bihar including “Padhai (Education), Kamai (Employment) and Dawai (Health)”.
“Development is my agenda in Bihar. If there are no industries here, youth here will not get jobs. Without electricity how will industry come? They had promised electricity but what happened? Bihar needs 24-hour power for industry so that the youth can get jobs,” he said.
The fourth phase of the Bihar assembly elections is slated to be held on November 1 in 55 of the 243 assembly constituencies of Bihar.
The Bihar elections began on October 12 and the fifth and final phase of voting will be held on November 5. The counting of votes will take place on November 8.
-30 October 2015, IANS, Bihar

Narendra Modi warns people against ‘regressive agenda’ of Lalu, Nitish

Narendra Modi warns people against ‘regressive agenda’ of Lalu, Nitish

Taking on rivals Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad on their home turfs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday painted them as leaders with regressive agenda with “18th century mindset”, attacking the Bihar chief minister over the “tantrik” controversy and said the RJD chief was leading “Rashtriya Jadu Tona” party.
Narendra Modi warns people against 'regressive agenda' of Lalu, Nitish
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking during
an election rally in Hajipur in Vaishali
district of Bihar on Oct 25, 2015. (AP photo)

In a string of poll rallies, Modi projected BJP’s six-point programme for state’s development as an alternative to the grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and the Congres. Three phases remain for the Bihar polls on October 28, November one and five.

The Prime Minister also made a strong rebuttal of the attempts by the opposition to paint BJP as anti-reservation, saying it was a “bundle of lies” and promised “no one can even touch” the provisions made with the efforts of dalit icon BR Ambedkar for the upliftment of the deprived classes.

Kumar on Saturday courted controversy as a video of his meeting a ‘tantrik’ went viral in which the tantrik is heard asking JD(U) leader why he had teamed up with Prasad, uttering “Nitish Zindabad and Lalu Murdabad.”.

The video provided fresh ammunition to his BJP, which claimed that he was resorting to occult to get rid of foe-turned-friend Lalu.

Taking a jibe at the grand alliance over it in Nalanda, the home truf of Kumar, Modi said so far he knew only three players in Mahagatbandhan — Bada Bhai Lalu, Chhota Bhai Nitish and Madam Sonia Gandhi. “But for the first time I came to know there is also a fourth player, a tantrik. Now there are four players in this alliance of grand opportunism.”

Wondering whether such a “farce” can be allowed to go on with democracy, he asked the youths in Nalanda, the home turf of Kumar, whether Bihar needs such “tantra-mantra (occult practices” to get rid of its problems.

“Can a Bihar of 21st century be made with those carrying forth the thinking of 18th century. Bihar needs to be freed from this mindset of 18th century. We do not need jantar Mantar, we need computers. Our youths should have laptops in their hand and no taaveej,” Modi said alleging that those who were in power did nothing to develop the region.

Mocking the RJD chief in his once pocketborough Chhapra, Modi advised him to rename his party as “Rashtriya Jadu Tona Party” and become the country’s biggest ‘tantrik”.`

Ridiculing Lalu’s election meeting barbs at him, Modi said, “Laluji you are free to sacrifice black or white pigeon or blow chilly smoke. If you have to do this rename your party Rashtriya Janta Dal as Rashtriya Jadu Tona Party (party of occult practices) and being the head of the party, you will be the biggest ‘tantrik’ in the world.”

Accusing Lalu and Nitish of spreading the “poison” of caste politics, he said that he is being targetted by them as they have not been able to digest how the son hailing from an extremely backward caste became the Prime Minister.

-PTI | Oct 25, 2015