His sentence came two days after Rasheed Masood was sentenced to four years in jail in the MBBS admission scam.
Along with Lalu, former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra too was sentenced to four years in jail.
Many from the political fraternity welcomed the judgement, saying that the sentence was a strong message to all corrupt politicians. Former BJP president Venkaiah Naidu welcomed the decision and said 'justice was delayed but not denied.' The BJP had earlier blamed all political parties in Bihar saying that the state was plagued by corruption.
Deputy leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ravishankar Prasad said that " finally the law has caught up with the corrupt."
Meanwhile there were some who were optimistic of the RJD's future. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said that there was not reason for the party to worry. "Just because Lalu is in jail does not mean that his supporters will stop voting for the party."
BJP welcomes the decision, Congress, SP optimistic about RJD's future
Congress leader Jagdambika Pal too said that Lalu Prasad Yadav can appeal in a higher court and seek justice. "This sentence was not the end of the road for him."
However RJD party leader Raghuvansh Yadav lost his cool while addressing reporters after he was questioned about the leadership of the party. " Who said there is a crisis of leadership in the party. Laluji will come out of jail in 10-12 days and will guide us." he said.
RJD leaders said that this was a political conspiracy against Lalu and that they will appepal in a higher court against the verdict.