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Akhilesh Yadav expresses solidarity with Lalu, says BJP 'did injustice' to the jailed RJD leader

Lucknow: Expressing solidarity with jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad, Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav said on Sunday that the "BJP did injustice" to him.

File image of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. AFP

File image of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. AFP

"The BJP did injustice to him," he said when reporters asked him about Prasad's sentence in the fodder scam.

SP national general-secretary Ramashankar Vidyarthi said in Ballia that Prasad was facing consequences for not joining the BJP bandwagon.

"He is being trapped in a conspiracy by the BJP. Had he joined the BJP, he would not have to suffer jail sentence," he said, adding, "I am sure he will get justice from high court".

He said it was the need of the hour that all opposition parties unite to defeat the BJP.

Prasad was on Saturday sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail and fined Rs 10 lakh by a special CBI court in Ranchi in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar treasury 21 years ago.

The punishment was handed down to Prasad, 69, by CBI court judge Shiv Pal Singh through videoconferencing, since the RJD leader was lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail after being convicted in the case on 23 December, CBI counsel Rakesh Prasad said.

Updated Date: Jan 07, 2018 15:37 PM

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