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Even as an investigation was initiated (into Sumit Yadav's complaint), the accused reached the court and surrendered before the Chief Judicial Magistrate. "The police had not sought any warrant from the court - we were not even communicated about the surrender either by the counsel for the accused or the court". They also noted that "serving" their leader would have been the only reason for picking up such a case. Both Lalu ji and aunt were very close to each other.

Mumbai: It was pretty evident that Lalu Prasad Yadav would be sent to prison in fodder scam case and Lalu knew his time was up, and so he made arrangements. Back then, the government of Jharkhand was in alliance with RJD and there were no restrictions on Lalu and his supporters.

The court had on Friday concluded arguments on the quantum of sentence against Lalu 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. "How can he claim to be a leader of the poor and the backward when he gets two workers land in jail on the basis of a false case just to serve him?"

JD-U general secretary K C Tyagi said a new political chapter has begun with the court's decision and it means politicians will be afraid of committing any such wrongdoing.

Sources in RJD confirmed that Laxman has been working as Lalu's cook over a decade.

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The 69-year-old RJD president had five cases against him in the Rs 900 crore fodder scam.

The nature of offences for which they were in jail was, however, not clear.

Reacting to the verdict, the BJP and its ally Janata Dal-United said no one was above the law while the RJD claimed its leader fell prey to a "conspiracy" by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the saffron party.

They got themselves a place in the same jail where Lalu was later sent on January 6 to serve three and a half years of imprisonment.