Lalu Prasad disqualified from Lok Sabha

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 22, 2013 08:12 hrs
​Lalu Prasad Yadav

New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and Janata Dal (United) [JD(U)] leader Jagdish Sharma were disqualified from the Lok Sabha on Tuesday after being convicted in a multi-crore fodder scam.

Yadav and Sharma are presently lodged at Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi.

On Oct 3, Prasad was sentenced to five years in jail by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi in connection with the scam during his tenure as the Bihar Chief Minister.

The former Indian Railway minister was also fined Rs 25 lakh.

Prasad lost his Lok Sabha membership due to a recent Supreme Court judgement that ruled a legislator convicted in a case where the minimum sentence is two years in jail will lose their seat immediately.

The case against Lalu Prasad is based on the misuse of Rs 37 crores of public money as part of a larger scam that saw Rs 950 crores being used to pay fictitious bills for medicines and fodder for cattle in Bihar.

On Monday, days after a special CBI court sentenced Congress MP Rashid Masood to four years imprisonment in connection with an MBBS seats scam, the senior leader was disqualified from the Rajya Sabha.

He became the first MP who lost his seat since a Supreme Court verdict removed immunity for convicted lawmakers recently.

Masood was found guilty of cheating, forgery and corruption in the case.

He was taken to Tihar jail after the court pronounced its verdict.

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