RJD to appeal against CBI court order on Lalu: Tejashwi

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Leader of the opposition in Bihar Assembly and Lalu Prasad's son Tejashwi Yadav also accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the BJP of framing his father who was viewed as a "hero" by the masses.

A special CBI court in Ranchi found RJD chief and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav guilty in a case associated with the Fodder Scam on Wednesday.

The case pertains to the embezzlement of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa district treasury during 1992-93. It is the third Chara Ghotala in which Lalu convicted.

Both Lalu and Mishra have also been fined Rs 5 lakh each by the Ranchi court. Special CBI Court judge Shiv Pal Singh had last Saturday sentenced him to three-and-a-half years in jail in the case.

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This was the third of the six such cases Yadav was booked in. The BJP and (Bihar Chief Minister) Nitish Kumar are constantly hatching conspiracies to land Lalu Yadav in more trouble.

Tejashwi said that people of Bihar were aware that the man who had won their mandate was in jail while those who were defeated had formed the government through the back door.

Lalu Prasad has already been found guilty in two cases by the special CBI court in Ranchi, and is now lodged in a jail there.

The fodder scam - exposed in 1996 - involved around Rs 1,000 crore being embezzled from the state exchequer for the purchase of fictitious medicines and fodder for cattle between 1990 and 1997.

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On 30 September, 2013, Prasad was also held guilty in the RC 20A/96 pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore and given five years of prison term.

Lalu's bail plea in the Deogarh Treasury case, is now pending in the Jharkhand High Court.

Soon after the verdict, the RJD said the special CBI court order was not final and it would appeal in the high court and, if necessary, in the Supreme Court.

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