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Lalu jailed for five years, ceases to be MP


Ranchi, Oct 3 (IANS): Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad was Thursday jailed for five years for his role in the Rs.950 crore fodder scam that surfaced 17 years ago, effectively ending the electoral career of one of India's best known politicians.

The sentencing -- the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) founder was also fined Rs.25 lakh -- takes away Lalu Prasad's membership of the Lok Sabha, where he was a familiar face, occupying one of the front benches. Lalu Prasad's lawyers vowed to appeal in a higher court.

"When I have not done any crime, how have I been punished?" a dazed Lalu Prasad, 67, asked at the Birsa Munda Central Jail here when the special CBI court announced the sentence. Judge Pravas Kumar Singh retorted: "You can appeal in the higher court."

Lalu Prasad's lawyer earlier pleaded for a lenient sentence, citing his age and health issues. The judge was also told how the Indian Railways had performed profitably when he headed the ministry.

CBI lawyer B.M.P. Singh demanded deterrent punishment.

Among a total of 37 convicts who were sentenced Thursday, former chief minister Jagannath Mishra and Janata Dal-United leader Jagdish Sharma were jailed for four years each.

While Mishra, who was admitted to a hospital Wednesday after injuring himself in the bathroom, was fined Rs.2 lakh, Sharma was fined Rs.5 lakh.

There was a hushed silence as the judge sentenced Lalu Prasad for conspiracy. With only lawyers allowed in the court, an army of journalists and some Lalu Prasad supporters were massed outside.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which for years was a favourite target of Lalu Prasad, was elated. BJP's M. Venkaiah Naidu remarked: "Though justice has been delayed, it has not been denied."

In Patna, Lalu Prasad's wife and former chief minister Rabri Devi alleged "a conspiracy" against her husband for which she blamed both the BJP and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Although RJD leaders claimed that Lalu Prasad would continue to guide them even from prison, he would not be able to contest elections for six years from the date of his release.

Lalu Prasad was the Bihar chief minister when the CBI filed a charge sheet June 23, 1997 accusing 56 people of fraudulently withdrawing Rs.37.70 crore from the Chaibasa treasury in 1994-95 on the strength of forged and fabricated documents.

Of the accused, seven died and two were pardoned after they turned approvers. Another man confessed while the then deputy commissioner of West Singhbhum district was discharged for his role in another case.

A former RJD legislator, R.K. Rana, got five years' jail and was fined Rs.30 lakh.

B.N. Sharma, who supplied fodder to the Bihar government's animal husbandry department, was asked to cough up Rs.1.5 crore -- the maximum fine imposed on anyone in the case.

On Sep 30, the CBI court held all 45 accused guilty. It sentenced eight of them to three years in prison and slapped them with fines up to Rs.50 lakh.

Lalu Prasad became the second politician this week to lose membership of parliament in line with a Supreme Court ruling. On Tuesday, Congress MP Rasheed Masood was jailed for four years for his role in illegally giving MBBS seats to undeserving medical students.

Lalu Prasad stepped down as chief minister in 1997 when his name figured in the CBI investigation in the fodder scam.

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  • devdas, mangalore

    Fri, Oct 4 2013

    also REDDY

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  • ER, mangalore

    Fri, Oct 4 2013

    Lalu the joker should have been jailed for life so a message could have been sent to every corrupt politicians irrespective party, that you will be imprisoned for wrong doings and mismanagement of public money. Confiscate all their property

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  • CYRIL MASCARENHAS, KIREM/MIRA ROAD/BOMBAY

    Fri, Oct 4 2013

    LALLUS SCAM WAS RS.900 CRORES..COURT FINED HIM JUST 25 LACS.WHY COURT CANNOT CONFISCATE ALL HIS ASSESTS AND COLLECT THE LOOTED AMOUNT..?

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  • Veerappa. D.N., Madikeri

    Fri, Oct 4 2013

    ಉಪ್ಪು ತಿಂದವ ನೀರು ಕುಡಿಯಲೇ ಬೇಕು.
    ಹುಲ್ಲು ತಿಂದವ ಸೆಗಣಿ ಹಾಕಲೇ ಬೇಕು.

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  • Ramakrishna. K. , Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 4 2013

    Only Rs.25 lakhs Fine ?
    In fact the expenses for govt for Lalu's security and other facilities in Jail will be more than a crore rupees per year .

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Fri, Oct 4 2013

    Sachidananda Kasab and Afzal are hanged by Congress unlike exchange for terrorists like your party!!! Hope you read news!!

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  • Vikranth, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 4 2013

    Dear Mr. Ronald :D.,
    Your just talking about hanging of kasab when in Congress rule ? Y r u not talking about attack by Kasab killing 100s of people was also when congress was ruling ? spent 100s of crores feeding him biriyani n hanging him end of the day was all a game play by congress. God knows did kasab really had those 100 crores biriyani or mummyji has taken it to Switzerland.

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  • Umesh, kenya

    Fri, Oct 4 2013

    Yogesh Yadav, Bangalore... you mean from childhood he looting money from other's...? ha.ha.ha. hey yadav you are in banglore right then i will tell u something in kannada if u dont understood ask someone knows kannada. " ADIKE KADDARU KALLA ...AANE KADDARU KALLA ". hey this is Rs 900 Crore's not 900 paise...

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  • Manohar Dsouza, Mangalore/Bahrain

    Fri, Oct 4 2013

    For Rs. 950- crores scam, fine is only Rs.50 Lakhs !? The fine should have been full refund of Rs.950- crores with interest & costs. Rs. 25 Lakhs fine for Lallu is a joke.

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  • Rosario Fernandes, Kallianpur

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    All pending Charge Sheets against the Ministers, MLA's, MP's should be settled before December,2013.
    Keeping in view the 17 years delay in Lallu's case, this move is very important.

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  • Gurudath, M'lore/Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Waiting for Kalmadi, Raja, Kanimozhi, Jindal, Bansal, Gadkari, Pawar and so many others to face the music.

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  • Puneeth, mangalore

    Fri, Oct 4 2013

    Missed another name YEDDY

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  • maxi, kinnigoly/mumbai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Next to stalling the ordinance,quantum of punishment to be revised as in china .all public servants enjoy special privileges. don't they deserve privileged punishments too ?un like common citizens.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Corrupt going to Jail, fine!

    But When CRIMINALS and MASTERMINDS
    OF ALL RIOTS WILL GO TO JAIL?

    So many innocents are killed in riots and their families may be still crying!

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  • Ganesh, mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    one of the best judgement.

    but criminals allowing to appeal higher court.

    criminal just want waste time.

    once punished this should be final.

    but five years is very small punishment, lalu's house should be demolished.

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  • Arif, Mangaluru

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Businessman's analysis: Rs.37 crore income - Rs.25 lacs fine 5 years jail time...still profitable!

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  • Ramakrishna. K. , Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    ಲಾಲೂ ಹೋಗಿದ್ದು ಜೈಲು
    ಸಿಗದು ಅವರಿಗೆ ಬೇಲು,
    ಲಂಚವೆಂಬ ಹೇಲು,
    ತಿನ್ನದವರು ಮೇಲು

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  • William Rodrigues, Milagres, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    67-year-old Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) founder leader had hoped for a lighter sentence. His lawyer told the court earlier Thursday that Lalu Prasad had health issues and was a "respectable person". Court should have given him more stringent punishment...what respect does he carry after doing such malicious thing...SHAME !!! SHAME!!!

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  • Abdul Rafiq, Uchila / Dubai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    I appreciate Indian judiciary system. we can expect from the same judiciary system,severe punishment to who make fake encounters also.

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  • Naveen D'souza, Valencia-Kuwait

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    I WILL NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT ABOUT LOOTED MONEY BY HIM? DID COURT OR GOVT WILL TAKE ACTION ON THAT?

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  • T.K. HAMZA, Kushal Nagar

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    INSIDE THE JAIL PLEASE PROVIDE HIM WITH FODDER OR GRASS INSTEAD OF DAL ROTI

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  • Bakh Sala, Ranchi

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    gayi bhains pach sal kay leye aur soone O !!! Gai ka chara tho khaa gaya abb jail kay qaidi yon kay roti math choorana

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  • Syed, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    I have so much respect for Indian Judiciary system!!Superb

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  • sid, mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    25 Lakhs for how many crores, and guys just wait and watch Lalu will have chest pain in few days and you know the rest . Yadav family is pretty set ...

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  • Ronald Pinto, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Hospital room with AC etc is kept ready.

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  • Rakesh shetty, mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013


    GOVT MUST PLANT NEW JAIL IMMEDIATELY NOW.

    HOPE AFTER 2014 ELECTION THIS WILL NEEDED BADLY.

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  • JOHN R LOBO, Kaikamba/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Rakesh,

    In this case special cell with Paan Shop and AC Cow shed for Lalu's Bains.....

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  • JOHN R LOBO, Kaikamba/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Better re-construct Andamaan Jail.

    One for Saas and scend for Daamad

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  • JOHN R LOBO, Kaikamba/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Yogesh Yadav,

    In Delhi Rape case a Juvenile raped and ed the iron rod.
    Just becoz he is under 18, do you consider this act was childish...?????

    Open your eyes ….He may belongs to your community. Remember he as commited crime and he has to face the result.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Dear John Bhai, forget about people who defend Lalluji. Just watch the comedy film “Jolly LLB” wherein Judge Role Actor Saurabh Shukla gives very touching judgement at the end

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  • Allen, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Now Govt will come up with new ordinance to see that these convicted politicians will get 5 star comforts in jail.

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  • SHASHI, CANADA

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    COAL SCAM, HELICOPTER SCAM...3G ,CWG, WHO IS NEXT .....

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Lalu now from' Chara se Be-chara'

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  • Indian, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    So shameless Comedy man will miss the parliament?????

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  • Lingappa, Kuppepadavu /Dublin

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Lalu was alwass a Lallu a laughing stock, almost at every show he was mimicked. He lacked political acumen, I wonder how such people get elected .

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    I am just very anxious to know how many years jail for 176,000 and 185,000 Lakhs Crores of Rupees Scam if we compare the same with 37.50 Crores “Chaara Ghotala” I hope that our friends Declan, Lydia, Jossey, Robert, Albert, Anthony, etc will try to calculate the probability of jail terms for those “Ghotala Bhaaji Congiss”

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  • JOHN R LOBO, Kaikamba/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Sachidanada Shetty,

    CWG , 2G, Coal gate scam - Jail sentence :-
    For get in this life, agle saath janam kam padega....

    But who will bell the cat....Caged Parrot....??????

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Reddy and Yeddy have looted in Billions of dollars which is a world record....

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  • Indian, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    If 37.7 crore would have kept in bank as fixed deposit in 1990 what would be the money in return today????? Only 05 years of punishment.......

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Finally law is catching up with high profile politicians one by one which is a good sign. I hope this will put fear of God in future politicians about corruption.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    There were so many intellectual people barking in another forum regarding Moral Policing Issue. But now I see few of them learning Law book to defend Lallu since many more expected to go to Central Jail from UPA-2 Government. Satyamev Jayete Lallu Satyamev Jayete. Lalluji, your fate was sealed when you formed another committee to probe Godhra Hatya Khand and obtained the “Feku Report” by saying Godhra Train Carnage was happened due to Kerosene Stow Blasts. I am the King Maker but now Lalluji become “Chapathi Maker”

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  • CHARLES SALDANHA, MALAD-MALWANI

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    EARLIER POLITICIANS WERE FEARLESS ABOUT THE LAW THINKING THAT THEY WERE ABOVE LAW. NOW UNDER THE CHANGED CIRCUMSTANCES LET US HOPE THAT THEY WILL NOT DARE TO DO ANYTHING WRONG WHICH WILL RESULT IN DIGGING THEIR OWN GRAVE.

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  • Eulalia D'Souza, Bijai / Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    May this case be a bench mark for other corrupt politicians.
    If I may express my opinion, it will be like, : " our jails would almost be filled and our Upper and lower houses may have few seats vacant." if all corrupt politicians were to be punished in court of law.
    If only our Judiciary system is so strong to send out this message that every corrupt politician be punished, our Country would have been a much better place to live in. May more educated, able leaders would have joined politics if it was any better than what it is today.

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  • Thomas Saldanha, Bangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Great decision. If Sanjay Dutt can be jailed for illegal possession of arms (but not killing or looting), why not Lalu who looted crores of public money?

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  • Jude, Mangalore Dubai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    CBI is congress Bureau of Investigation, according to our chaddi friends when misdeeds by them and their governments are exposed. What do they have to say now when an ally of the congress is convicted for corruption?

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Next in Q is Mouni for coal scam, but CBI is under his control.

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    @ dinesh kundapur,
    why not FEKU for Fake Encounters?
    Killing is biggest crime than stealing.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Prem,

    If not for Coal Scam, Mouni will go behind bars for killing 3000 Sikhs.

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  • Peace lover, India

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    in 2014

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Gayi bhains paani mein .....

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Land of Mahatma Gandhi has become a paradise of looters. Na rahega Bihar mein Lalu aur Samoose mein ALOO!!

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Dear Jossey here too you made a simple mistake as usual. It’s not “Gayi Bhains” we have to change like “Gaya Bhainsa Jail mein”

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Dear Sachidanand, it means - very difficult to take a buffalo out of water...

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  • Yogesh Yadav, Bangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Lallu was so good / honest / God Fearing / generous / helpful to all the people of Bihar and the Central Govt.in Delhi. He should be forgiven by the President of India for his childish acts for which he has been convicted.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Because you both share the common surname?

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  • Bhaskar T shetty, Nandalike / Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Mr. Yogeesh Yadav .. hope you are joking about Lallu otherwise your good/ honest/ generous/ God fearing leader looted more than Rs. 900 Crores of Tax payers money meant for poor people. Is it a childish Act ?

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  • CONRAD JOHN TAURO, SHIRVA/UDUPI/DUBAI

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Take rest for five years and donot plan for more scams.

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  • Francis, Moodbidri/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    He can pay 25 lacs 25 times, so much money he could have.

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  • Tuluva, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Now what am wondering, for 37 Crores, he is paying a fine of 25 Lac and 5 years in Jail. Good deal. (with due respect to SC ruling). Yenkla onthe kaas malpuna aase undu, ancha e thought baththini.

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    My sympathies to Congress!!

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  • Bhaskar T shetty, Nandalike / Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Parliament will loose one joker....

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    We Indians are very very happy to hear this. This will create fear in many MPs/MLAs.

    All politicians who looted this country/state and made people life miserable should be behind bars.

    I hope more and more corrupt politicians will go to jail in coming days.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    THE DECISION OF ARRESTING LALU PRASAD YADAV BY THE CBI COURT IN FODDER SCAM IS A WELCOMING ONE. THE OTHER LAW OFFENDERS SHOULD ALSO BE PUNISHED. IT WILL BE A LESSON FOR ALL THE CHEATING POLITICIANS IN ALL THE PARTIES. THE HISTORIC JUNDGEMENT ABOUT THE PUNISHMENT WILL BE D AT 2.30 PM: TODAY. THE WHOLE INDIA IS EXPECTING WHAT KIND OF PUNISHMENT WILL SHRI.LALU GET.

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  • Aadil Khan, Kasaragod, Saudi Arabia

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Mr. Lalu Prasad innocent and will come out clean. Just wait.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Munna bhai sanjay Dutt got 14 days parole, Next Lalu yadav will get a Parole for the entire period of this jail tenure, samje,,,samaj jao

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Even Kasab and Afzal Guru were also pleaded innocents in front of Supreme Court Judge

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