Lalu aides in jail to 'serve' him? RJD denies charge

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RJD has come out in defense of two aides of their chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who made their way into the Birsa Munda jail even before Lalu was convicted in a fodder scam case and sent to jail on 23rd December.

Meanwhile, during the hearing, Lalu requested the court to provide chuda-dahi in the jail on Makar Sankranti on which the court assured him that it will be arranged. He was also sentenced to the same period under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA).

JD-U general secretary K C Tyagi said a new political chapter has begun with the court's decision and it means politicians will be afraid of committing any such wrongdoing. He also said that he did not utter a word while he was being sentenced, he added. Special CBI judge Shivpal Singh pronounced the order through video conferencing.

According to another report in Deccan Chronicle, Madan had used the same trick to get into the Rnachi jail when Lalu was convicted in another fodder scam case in 2013.

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Lalu Prasad was sentenced to three-and-a-half year's imprisonment on offences of cheating, along with criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The other transporters/suppliers punished were Sunil Kumar Sinha (three-and-a-half years in prison and Rs 5 lakh fine), Raja Ram Joshi (three-and-a-half years jail and Rs 5 lakh penalty), Gopinath Das (seven years jail and Rs 10 lakh fine), Sanjay Agarwal (seven years jail and Rs 10 lakh fine), Jyoti Kumar Jha (seven years jail and Rs 10 lakh fine) and Sunil Gandhi (seven years jail and Rs 10 lakh fine).

The arguments in the Chaibasa case got completed in the court of special CBI judge S.S Prasad after Lalu Prasad was produced in the case today. The case relates to the alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 356.2 million from the Chaibasa treasury in the 1990s when he was the chief minister of undivided Bihar. "It can at the best recommend for the same to the high court", Mazumdar argued. "Please look into this", Lalu Yadav, 79, pleaded in the court on Wednesday.

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