In yet another major shake-up for the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the party chief Lalu Yadav has been sentenced to seven years in jail in the fourth case linked to the fodder scam.
Former Union Minister was convicted by a Jharkhand court in Ranchi on Monday.
The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 30 lakhs.
The fodder scam involves the embezzlement of government funds in Bihar meant for cattle fodder. The multi-million-rupee scam surfaced in the 1990s when Lalu Yadav was chief minister of undivided Bihar.
It is the fourth such case in which the former Bihar Chief Minister has been convicted.
The case pertains to swindling of funds from the Dumka treasury between December 1995 and January 1996.
Former chief minister Jagannath Mishra howeverm, was acquitted in the case.
The conviction makes Lalu Yadav in eligible for contesting elections or hold public office for years.
Lalu Prasad was convicted in the first fodder scam case in 2013 and sentenced to jail for five years. >