RJD President Lalu Prasad was on Monday taken to jail after being convicted by a special CBI court here in the fodder scam case.
65-year-old Prasad was taken to the Birsa Munda Central Jail here.
In a body blow to RJD before next year’s Lok Sabha polls,Lalu was convicted by the CBI court in the 17 years old corruption case that disqualifies him from Parliament and renders him ineligible for contesting elections for at least six years.
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The court has fixed October three for pronouncement of sentence against Yadav,former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and others convicted in the case.
While coming out from the court,Yadav appeared calm and did not take any question as his car sped away to the jail located at Hotwar on the outskirts of Ranchi,adjacent to the National Games Village.
Besides Prasad,the court of Pravas Kumar Singh convicted another 44 accused,including Mishra,six politicians and four IAS officers,for fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa treasury.
Later,the court sentenced IAS officer K Armugam,former Bihar AHD and Labour Minister Vidya Sagar Nishad and former MLA Dhruv Bhagat and five fodder suppliers for up to three years.
Earlier,Prasad,who arrived in the court by a white Ambassador car,appeared relaxed and waved to his party supporters. He sat in the second row in the court room as the judge began reading out the judgement against him.
Lalu would have got protection from disqualification if the ordinance promulgated by the Centre was cleared by President Pranab Mukherjee but he is said to have some reservations and raised questions over it.
The court had on September 17 set today’s date to pass orders in the case.
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