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Lalu Prasad convicted in fodder scam, faces disqualification as MP

Ranchi, Sep 30 ():Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav received a setback after he was convicted by a special CBI court on Monday in the fodder scam corruption case thus keeping the RJD chief out from the Parliament who cannot  contest elections for at least six years from now.

The Court also showered the bluster on another forty-four people including former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra besides six politicians and four IAS officers.

All the leaders were convicted for their involvement in false withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa treasury. Lalu was found guilty by the Ranchi court for misusing Rs 37 crore during his tenure as Chief Minister of Bihar, seventeen years ago.

The court further fixed October 3 for announcing the sentence against Lalu Prasad, Mishra and others. According to the recent Supreme Court orders, the RJD chief might face immediate disqualification as Lok Sabha member, said sources.

The court in its recent order issued that an MP or MLA would be disqualified as soon as convicted by a court for crimes with punishment for two years or more and under some other laws even without jail sentence.

Sources said  Lalu Prasad would have had some relief had the ordinance propagated by the Centre was cleared by President Pranab Mukherjee but Mukherjee  himself was  believed to have had uncertainties as he had raised doubts over it.

The apex court in its July order ruled saying that any MP convicted in a criminal case would have to immediately quit office until his or her appeal is decided by a higher court. This verdict of court came as a dramatic shock among political circles.

In a similar issue in the year 1997 in July, Lalu who faced arrest in the case appointed wife Rabri Devi as chief minister of the state before surrendering in a CBI designated court.

Meanwhile, RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha claimed that the party would challenge the order in the higher court after the court announces sentence against the RJD president on Oct 3.