Lalu Prasad's conviction shows UPA an alliance of corruption: BJP

Implications of guilty verdict for Lalu Prasad in second fodder scam case

In a huge blow to the Rashtriya Janata Dal, its national boss Lalu Prasad was on Saturday convicted in a Bihar fodder scam case involving fraudulent withdrawals of '90 lakh from Deogarh treasury between 1994 and 1996.

The CBI court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on January 3. Speaking to reporters, senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said, "We are disappointed with the judgment, especially since Mishra has been acquitted, while Lalu was convicted". While Lalu Prasad had expected a favourable verdict, and had gone to Ranchi, where the special CBI court was reading out its verdict, with many of his family members, particularly Tejashwi Yadav, the outcome has gone against the man often hailed as the mascot of the poor, never wavering from his secular principles.

The CBI judge first read the six names who were acquitted. There are 34 persons accused in this particular case, including another former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra.

The scene, however, took a drastic turn around 4:30 pm when the court announced its verdict holding Yadav guilty as charged while exonerating Mishra in the case.




In a series of tweets on his way to jail, Lalu sought to portray his conviction as the result of social clashes between the upper and lower classes and castes."Powerful people and powerful classes always managed to divide society into the ruling and the ruled classes".

"The results in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state have come as a lesson to all opposition parties that they should bury their differences and unitedly fight against communal forces represented by the saffron party".

Lalu Prasad was sent to Birsa Munda Central Jail.

He faces five cases in the fodder scam of which four are pending. The trial in two other cases is going on in special CBI courts of Ranchi. In Patna, the party said it will challenge the verdict in the High Court (HC). "It is the alliance between Congress and Lalu Prasad's party when all such actions have taken place".

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