RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was on Saturday sentenced to three and a half years jail in a fodder scam case.
Special CBI judge Shivpal Singh announced the sentence after hearing arguments on quantum of sentencing.
The court had on 23 December convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in the case relating to the multi-million-rupee scam.
The sentencing of three and a half years came even as Yadav requested for a mild punishment.
Meanwhile, Yadav’s son, Tejashwi Yadav, said that the three-and-a-half-year jail sentence to will not lead to a split in the party.
The former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister also said an appeal will be filed in the Jharkhand High Court.
“There will be no trouble or any negative impact on the party. The RJD’s history has been that of struggle amid conspiracies against it. Laluji had to go to jail many times… but he came out every time. That time too, people said it (party) had split or predicted that it may split. Instead, it grew stronger,” Tejashwi was quoted by IANS.
Tejashwi also said that the Centre was abusing the CBI adding that a conspiracy was hatched against his father.
He said, “The Centre has misused the central agency (CBI),” he said.
He said the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leaders must understand their party had actually split, not the RJD.
“People are watching everything. Conspiracies are always hatched in order to suppress and scare Laluji. However, people gave a befitting reply every time,” he said.
Yadav was the Chief Minister of the undivided Bihar, before Jharkhand was created, from 1990 to 1997.