The CBI special court in Ranchi was expected to award the quantum of punishment for RJD chief Lalu Prasad and 15 others on January 3, but due to the sudden demise of an advocate, the announcement was first deferred to January 4 and then January 5.
The quantum of sentence was announced by the CBI court after a delay of two days via video conferencing.
The 69-year-old RJD supremo, in a written plea on Thursday, had sought leniency from the CBI court citing illness and old age, according to his counsel Chittaranjan Prasad.
The court had, however, acquitted six others including former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra in the case.
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He was convicted by the special court on Dec 23. Post verdict, Prasad was taken into custody and taken to the Birsa Munda Prison in Ranchi.
In 1996, the Patna High Court had ordered an inquiry into the fodder scam cases and a charge sheet in the Deogarh Treasury case was filed against 38 people on October 27, 1997.
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There were 34 accused, out of which 11 died during the trial while one turned CBI approver and admitted to the crime. The conviction in this case pertains to embezzling of more than Rs89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.