President and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, now lodged in Ranchi's Birsa Munda jail, was produced before three special courts of the CBI on Wednesday, in connection with the Rs 1,000-crore fodder scam cases. However, sources said that the hearing will not proceed until Lalu is present in the court. He was also sentenced to the same period under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA). They had been given the tool as they were not criminals, said the court. He also said that he did not utter a word while he was being sentenced, he added.
Lalu Prasad was the Chief Minister of the state from 1990 to 1997.
Reports in a section of the media have alleged that District Magistrate Mannan Akhtar and Sub-Divisional Magistrate Bhairpal Singh of Jalaun had called up CBI Special Judge Shivpal Singh to seek favours for the RJD chief in the fodder scam case.
15 others were also convicted by the court in the case relating to multi-million-rupee scam. He was facing a total of five cases in the fodder scam and the judgment in two more cases is likely to be pronounced within one month.
Three former IAS officers - Beck Julius, Phoolchand Singh and Mahesh Prasad - were given a prison term of three and-a-half years each.
Special judge S S Prasad fixed January 24 for pronouncing the verdict as arguments in the case are over, according to a CBI official.
Transporters/suppliers Tripurari Mohan Prasad got seven years imprisonment and Rs 10 lakh fine while Sushil Kumar Sinha was given three-and-a half years in jail and a fine of Rs 5 lakh. "It can at the best recommend for the same to the high court", Mazumdar argued.
On September 30, 2013, Lalu, Jagannath Mishra and several others were convicted in another case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in the early 1990s. "Please look into this", Lalu Yadav, 79, pleaded in the court on Wednesday.