This is the second time that he has been jailed in the fodder scam.
Interesting events have come to light in the wake of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav's incarceration in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Central Jail. The conviction means he can not contest an election and he faces at least one more case.
The sentences will run concurrently, he said. Tejashwi Yadav, Lalu's son, said the family had tried to communicate the news of Gangotri's death to the minister through the prison authorities in Ranchi. "It is just a coincidence that they are also there", said Abdul Bari Siddiqui, former Bihar finance minister and a senior RJD leader.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Shahnawaz Hussain asserted the verdict shows the law was equal for all. However, the latest revelations have drawn criticism from rival JD (U).
The superintendent of Birsa Munda Central Jail, where the RJD boss is lodged since December 23 after his conviction in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar treasury 21 years ago, could not be reached immediately for comments.
RJD spokesman Shakti Singh Yadav rubbished the allegation that Lalu "managed" to have his two aides behind bars to serve him, saying their presence in jail was "coincidental", and that the two had criminal cases against them.
After spending two months in jail, he was granted bail.
The CBI special judge had on December 23 acquitted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the case.
Key Indian opposition leader Lalu Prasad Yadav was jailed on Saturday (7) for three and a half years over his role in a multi-million dollar corruption case.
"Police should probe how the two got jailed".
Lalu was produced in three different fodder scam cases in Ranchi on Wednesday.
Earlier, on September 30, 2013, Prasad was held guilty in another case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore and handed down a five-year prison term.