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Fodder scam: RJD to appeal in higher court, says Lalu still the leader

Oct 03, 2013 03:15 PM IST Politics Politics

Ranchi: Even as former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad has been sentenced to jail for five years, his party Rashtriya Janata Dal's members have said that he's still their leader. "Lalu remains the leader. There is a crisis but we are together," said RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad.

The RJD has said that it will approach a higher court. "We will appeal in the higher court. We are confident that we will be able to prove our innocence in the higher court," RJD leader Manoj Jha said.

Lalu Prasad has been sentenced to five years in jail and fined Rs 25 lakh in a fodder case - RC 20 A/96 - by a special CBI court on Thursday in Ranchi. With the sentencing Lalu has also been disqualified from Parliament and has lost his Lok Sabha seat.

Another former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra has been sentenced to four years in jail and fined Rs 5 lakh in the same case. Janata Dal United MP Jagdish Sharma, another accused, has also got a four-year jail term and he also loses his Lok Sabha seat. While Lalu represented Bihar's Saran constituency, Sharma was the MP from Jehanabad. The case went on for more than 17 years.