Lalu Prasad being taken to jail in Ranchi, Jharkhand, after his conviction in fodder scam
Ranchi, Jharkhand: Lalu Prasad has been jailed in Ranchi after a court this morning found him guilty of corruption when he was chief minister of Bihar. The conviction means he is disqualified as a member of parliament, according to a recent Supreme Court judgement.
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Lalu, 66, faces a maximum of seven years in prison, and will be sentenced on Thursday through video conferencing. He was moved from the court-room to a prison.
The Supreme Court in July ruled that any MP convicted in a criminal case would have to quit office till his or her appeal is decided by a higher court.
The BJP had alleged last week that the Congress tried to use its
special constitutional powers to hurriedly introduce an ordinance to
protect Lalu, a loyal ally of the Congress. His party has
four Lok Sabha MPs.
However, on Friday, Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, in a surprise attack, dismissed the ordinance as "complete nonsense" and said it should be "torn up and thrown away." That censure was seen as a public and damaging undermining of the Prime Minister by Mr Gandhi, whose mother, Sonia, heads the party.
Mr Gandhi's stand means the government has virtually abandoned the ordinance, which allows convicted MPs to remain in office while their appeal is decided, but without a salary and voting rights.
Lalu had to resign as chief minister in 1997 after being charged in the scam; he made his wife, Rabri Devi, the chief minister. In the 2005 election, he lost Bihar to Nitish Kumar of the Janata Dal (United) who has been in power ever since.