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The court had yesterday concluded arguments on the quantum of sentence against Prasad in connection with the withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1990 and 1994 when he was the chief minister of Bihar.
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The punishment was handed down to 69-year-old Prasad by CBI court judge Shiv Pal Singh through videoconferencing since the RJD leader is lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail after being convicted in the case on December 23, CBI counsel Rakesh Prasad said. Lalu could have got bail if he is sentenced to less than three years in prison.
The court also said if he fails to furnish the fine, his jail term would extend by six months.
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". "We will go to the High Court after studying the sentence and apply for a bail", said Tejashwi Yadav, RJD leader and son of Lalu Prasad.
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Earlier today, while hearing the case, the judge said that 'an open jail is best for these people (convicts), as they also have experience of cow farming.
On Friday, the seasoned politician urged the court to give him minimum punishment, citing health issues. "But they should remember that we still have High Court and Supreme Court to appeal against the judgement by CBI court", said Tejashwi.
The court had, however, acquitted six others including former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra in the case.
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