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A special CBI court in Ranchi on Saturday sentenced Lalu Prasad and 7 others, namely Phool Chand, Mahesh Prasad, Bake Julious, Sunil Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Sudhir Kumar and Raja Ram, to 3.5 years imprisonment and Rs5 lakh fine each in the second fodder scam case.

Lalu Prasad is also facing trial in three more cases relating to the fodder scam, also known as "chara ghotala".

In the first fodder scam case, Lalu was sentenced to five years in jail.

The former Chief Minister, who is in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Jail, received his sentence through video-conference, reports added.

CBI court judge Shiv Pal Singh, who had convicted Prasad, along with 10 others on December 23, also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on him for two cases in the scam.

According to legal experts, Lalu Prasad could apply for bail immediately at the lower court itself if the quantum of sentence happens to be less than three years.

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The court also said if he fails to furnish the fine, his jail term would extend by six months.

The Special CBI court had postponed the sentencing twice this week. He has been accused in five cases of fodder scam and convicted in two.

"An open jail is best for these people (convicts), as they also have experience of cow farming", the judge was quoted as saying by the ANI.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and 15 others were convicted on December 23 in a case related to the multi-million-rupee fodder scam by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court. Lalu has been convicted in the Deoghar Treasury case.

On the other hand, BJP and its ally JD (U) said that no one is above the law, after the RJD said its leader has fallen prey to a "conspiracy" by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the saffron party. Lalu Prasad was the Chief Minister of then undivided Bihar from 1990 to 1997.


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