Patna: Senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and former Road Construction Minister Ilyas Hussain has been disqualified from the Bihar Legislative Assembly, Hussain was awarded five years in jail by a CBI court in the so-called Bitumen scam that occurred nearly 26 years ago between 1992-93.
Hussain, a prominent Muslim face of the RJD, represented Dehri-on-Sone in Rohtas district.
Special judge A K Mishra, after hearing closing arguments from both prosecution and defendant, gave four years of imprisonment each to Hussain, his personal assistant Shahabuddin Baig, and Janardan Prasad, a well-known transporter of the time, under Criminal Penal Code 407, 420, and 13 (2)R-13 of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.
The court also fined Rs. 4 lakh each to Hussain and his former PA and Rs. 6 lakh to Janardan Prasad.
All three were present in the court when the judge announced the quantum of their punishment after which they were transported to the Beur Jail in Patna.
The party has lost another Muslim leader, Md Taslimuddin. Hussain was among the last few leaders who have been with Lalu right from 1990.