Jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Lalu Prasad Yadav is having a ball in Hotwar jail, where he was sent after being convicted in two of the six fodder scam cases.Reports show that Yadav’s kingship continues to stay intact as he does not seem to serve as a prisoner.
In the upper-class jail, he will be provided to use one mosquito net, one newspaper to read every day, and a TV set apart from the usual cell bed. Sources said that he can have access to home-cooked food in the jail and also prepare food for himself. The former railway minister had undergone a heart surgery in 2014 and has several restrictions in his diet.The Rashtriya Janata Dal chief and former Bihar chief minister will get Dignitary treatment in behind the bars. Other jail inmates will not be allowed to meet him during his stint here, jail officials said.
The fodder scam is a collective term for a set of 64 cases, of which 53 were litigated in Ranchi. It all began in 1985, when then CAG T.N. Chaturvedi sniffed out a possible embezzlement of funds from the Bihar Treasury and various departments. The CAG noticed delay in monthly account submissions from the State and also noted small scale false expense reports. Ten years later, the ‘small scale’ embezzlements added up to Rs. 900 crore.
Of the six fodder scam cases registered against Prasad, this will be the second in which verdict is pronounced. On September 30, 2013, he was held guilty in the first. The five-year prison sentence he got disqualified him from Parliament and he was banned from contesting elections. However, the Supreme Court granted him bail in December that year.
The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on January 3.