Fodder scam: Lalu cites ill health, files plea to seek minimum punishment

Ranchi: Lalu Prasad Yadav, citing his age and health, moved a plea on Friday before the special CBI court in Ranchi seeking minimum punishment in the Rs 950 crore fodder scam case.

In his application, Lalu Prasad said that the Birsa Munda jail did not have clean drinking water and this may affect his kidneys. He added that jail did not have any super medical facilities.

Lalu is accused No. 25 in the fodder scam case. The application also said that there was only a case of criminal conspiracy and in same case co-conspirator Jagananth Mishra and others have been acquitted.

The RJD leader said that he had already contested this case for over 20 years and has suffered incarceration for about a year.

The special CBI court, which held former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad guilty in a fodder scam case last year, will pronounce the quantum of sentence today in Ranchi, Jharkhand. The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of money from the Deoghar treasury between 1991 and 1994.