New Delhi, Oct 22 (PTI): Lalu Prasad Yadav, the jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal leader, has been formally disqualified as Lok Sabha member following his conviction in the fodder scam after a July 10 Supreme Court judgment removed a shield for such legislators.
Jagdish Sharma, Janata Dal (United) leader, was also disqualified on the same ground. Both had been convicted on September 30 and sentenced on October 3, along with others.
Lalu, who was chief minister of Bihar when the fodder scam happened and was detected, in the 1990s, stands disqualified for a total of 11 years -- five years of jail term and six years subsequent to his release.
Sharma has been disqualified for ten years -- four years in jail and six more years after that, in line with the electoral laws.
Lalu and Sharma were the first Lok Sabha members to be disqualified from the lower House after the Supreme Court struck down a provision in the electoral law that had so far protected convicted lawmakers. The provision allowed them to hold on to their seats while they appealed to a higher court.
On Monday, Rashid Masood, a Congress leader, was the first to be disqualified from Parliament, when he lost his Rajya Sabha seat. Masood, 66, had been held guilty in a case of corruption and other offences in September.
Lok Sabha Secretary General S Bal Shekar has issued the notifications disqualifying Lalu and Sharma. The Election Commission has also been intimated about the disqualification and the subsequent creation of vacancies in the Lok Sabha.
Lalu had represented Saran in Bihar. Sharma, 63, had represented Jahanabad, in the same state.