Lalu Yadav jailed for 5 years in long-running fodder scam
Oct 03 2013 , New Delhi
Arvind Singh, joint secretary of the bar association in Ranchi who was in the court, told Reuters that Yadav would serve five years of "rigorous" imprisonment and was fined 2.5 million rupees.
The sentence means that Yadav will lose his seat in the lower house of parliament, making him the first lawmaker to be hit by a Supreme Court ruling that convicts may not sit in legislatures even during an appeal.
Yadav, a former railways minister, was convicted along with dozens of others earlier this week for his part in a 1990s animal fodder racket in the poverty-plagued Bihar in which millions of dollars went missing.