BJP today welcomed the conviction of RJD chief Lalu Prasad in the fodder scam case by a special CBI court in Ranchi while Congress said that law has taken its course.
"The court has delivered a verdict taking cognisance of the free hand given to loot the treasure of Bihar, we welcome the judgment," said BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain.
Reacting to the verdict, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Today, the law has taken its own course. All those who commit corruption with impunity need to understand that law will catch up with you. I am sure it will also catch up with those who are with the government of India."
"I have respect for the judgement given by the court as law does not discriminate between person to person. Law has taken its own course. We have respect for the court," party leader Rashid Alvi said.
BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, "We welcome this verdict. Lalu Prasad was trying to save himself with the ordinance."
He added that though the CBI court's verdict was a delayed one but it has given a major verdict. "It's a justice day for Bihar," Rudy said.
Welcoming the verdict, BJP leader Balbir Punj said, Indian judicial system may be slow but at the end justice is delivered."
In Patna, Bihar BJP leader and ex-deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi hailed the verdict pronouncing Prasad, former chief minister Jagannath Mishra and 43 others guilty in the multi-crore fodder scam case 17 years ago.
"He has reaped what he had sown by way of his role in the scam. This is a message for all corrupt politicians and will act as a deterrent for similar scams in future," he tweeted after the CBI court judge PK Singh pronounced the order.
"He got what he deserved," Modi, who was the original petitioner in the Patna High Court in the fodder scam in 1990s, said.
"A right message will go to the country. people in power will fear wrong action," JD-U leader Sabir Ali told CNN IBN.
Modi, a former deputy chief minister of Bihar, lavished praised on former CBI officer UN Biswas, at present a minister in the West Bengal government, for making a foolproof case in the fodder scam and gave him the whole credit for conviction of the RJD supremo and others.
"A right message will go to the country. people in power will fear wrong action," JD(U) leader Sabir Ali told media.
The ruling Congress party also said that law has taken its own course. Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi told media that this was not the right time to talk about alliances.
"You (the politicians) have to serve the people. You are the custodian of the wealth of the people, not the owner. Lalu and his accomplices could not play the role of a custodian and eventually landed up in the custody with everything," Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Atul Anjan told media in Lucknow.
(With agencies inputs)