Top Indian politician jailed over corruption scam

Sean Reid
January 11, 2018

However, RJD spokesperson Shakti Singh Yadav has said that though the accused are RJD party men, they are not close to the RJD chief. Tejashwi Yadav, Lalu's son, said the family had tried to communicate the news of Gangotri's death to the minister through the prison authorities in Ranchi.

Several reports said Lakshman Mahto and Madan Yadav had been sent to Birsa Munda Central Jail to serve Yadav as helper and cook, just hours before Yadav was lodged there following his conviction in the fodder scam on December 23.

Lalu was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail by special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in the case relating to embezzling of more than Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994. However, the latest revelations have drawn criticism from rival JD (U).

Lalu, who is an accused in five fodder scam cases in Jharkhand and one in Bihar, could not be produced in the CBI court in Patna on Wednesday.

He was released on bail by the Supreme Court after having remained in jail for over two-and-a-half months.

In Saturday's order, former chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Jagdish Sharma was sentenced to a prison term of seven years and fined Rs 20 lakh while RJD leader R K Rana was jailed for three and six months and fined Rs 10 lakh.

Yadav, 69, is a former railways minister and ex-chief minister of the impoverished eastern state of Bihar where he enjoys huge popular support for championing lower castes.

The court had also heard arguments on the issue of punishment for 10 others convicted in the case.

Senior BJP leader and deputy CM of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi said a case of fraud should be registered against those who built up the fake case and that both Lalu aides should transferred to different jails to thwart Lalu's designs. A special court in Ranchi had convicted the RJD chief the same day. He was sent to prison for five years on September 30, 2013.

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