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23/12/2017 8:22 PM IST | Updated 23/12/2017 8:28 PM IST

Lalu Yadav Convicted In Fodder Scam Case, Sentencing To Be On January 3

Yadav compared himself to Nelson Mandela and Baba Saheb Amedkar.

File photo of Lalu Prasad Yadav.
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File photo of Lalu Prasad Yadav.

A special CBI court on Saturday found former Bihar chief minister Lalu Yadav guilty in a fodder scam case. The quantum of punishment will be read out on January 3. Yadav was taken into custody shortly after the verdict. Yadav is accused in six fodder scam cases, and this is the second one where he has been found guilty.

"Had people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Baba Saheb Ambedkar failed in their efforts, history would have treated them as villains," he tweeted after the verdict. "They still are villains for the biased, racist and caste-ist minds. No one should expect any different treatment."

Meanwhile, his party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), referring to the Central Bureau of Investigation as a "caged parrot", alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party was using the investigation agency to curb their political rivals.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the verdict was a "lesson for all". "For me, it is a matter of some personal assurance that I had the privilege to argue the PIL in Patna High Court in the early 90s leading to the institution of CBI inquiry which was strongly opposed by the then state government headed by Lalu Yadav," he said.

"We will move the high court," said senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh. "There is no other alternative."

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