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Quantum of sentence on Lalu Prasad today

The quantum of sentence to be served by RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, who has been convicted in a fodder scam case, would be announced tomorrow after arguments in a Special CBI court here.

‘The court has fixed tomorrow for arguments on why the quantum of sentence should be less and for the pronouncement (against Lalu),’ said one of the counsels for the former Bihar chief minister.

The court of Pravas Kumar Singh, which had found Lalu guilty along with 45 others in case RC 20A/96 on Monday, would hear the arguments before handing out the quantum of sentence.

The Special CBI court has granted bail to eight of the convicts as they had been sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment, a prison term that allows the convict to move for bail in the same court.

Besides Lalu, the court also convicted another former Bihar CM, Jagannath Mishra and sitting JD(U) MP Jagdish Sharma. They are presently lodged at the Birsa Munda Central jail along with other fodder scam convicts.

Meanwhile, sources in RJD said that former Union minister and RJD leader Prem Chand Gupta and several other leaders on Wednesday met Lalu in jail.

A senior RJD leader said Lalu partook of food brought from outside by his party’s leaders.

Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad was on Monday suffered a major blow when a special CBI court convicted him in a 17-year-old fodder scam case of corruption. He is likely to be disqualified as a member of parliament and out of out of electoral arena for at least six years.

Also convicted was a sitting JD(U) MP from Jahanabad Jagadish Sharma, who too faces disqualification in the wake of a Supreme Court judgment striking down a provision in the electoral law that deferred immediate disqualification of lawmakers on conviction.
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