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Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail in connection with the fodder scam.

JDU on Saturday welcomed the fodder scam verdict and hailed it as historic decision in Bihar politics. Meanwhile, addressing a press conference in Patna, Lalu's son Tejashwi Yadav said the party would go to the people after makarsankranti to make them aware of the "conspiracy" hatched by Nitish Kumar and the BJP against the RJD chief.

Other convicts - Phool Chand, Mahesh Prasad, Bake Julious, Sunil Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Sudhir Kumar and Raja Ram - have also been sentenced to 3.5 years in jail and Rs 5 lakh fine each.

The Ranchi Special CBI Court sentenced former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav to 3.5 years in jail and imposed Rs 5 lakh fine in fodder scam case. He was sent to Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi. After being in jail for two months, he got bail from the Supreme Court.

He was convicted by the special court on Dec 23.

Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted in the multi-million-rupee fodder scam. The conviction in this case pertains to embezzling of more than Rs89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

Tejashwi accused NDA government of hatching a plot against Lalu for he was the only force that was uniting opposition ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Prasad's counsel Chittaranjan Sinha said his client would filed an appeal next week against the verdict in the Jharkhand high court.

Mishra and Janata Dal-United leader Jagdish Sharma were also convicted in the first fodder scam case and were awarded four years imprisonment each. "It is the end of a chapter".

Furthermore, in the wake of court's ruling and pronouncement of sentence against Lalu Prasad Yadav senior members of the RJD are expected to meet today to discuss the party's strategy and the "emerging political situation".