"The special court's judgement to convict and sentence Lalu Prasad will not have impact on forces fighting for secularism and social justice".
Lalu Prasad is at present cooling his heels in Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi.
The case pertains to an alleged withdrawal of Rs. 89.27 lakh from Deoghar district treasury between 1994 and 1996.
Three former IAS officers - Beck Julius, Phoolchand Singh and Mahesh Prasad - were given a prison term of three and-a-half years each.
The court had on December 23 convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in the case relating to the multi-million-rupee scam. Trial began before the special CBI court, Ranchi in February 2002. However, it did cost him his Lok Sabha seat. "We will go to the High Court after studying the sentence and apply for a bail", said Tejashwi Yadav, RJD leader and son of Lalu Prasad.
Prasad's counsel Chittaranjan Sinha said his client would filed an appeal next week against the verdict in the Jharkhand high court.
Apart from Lalu, Mishra and 20 others accused were present in the court when the quantum of sentence was pronounced.
"This is the end of a chapter that started with Laluji's leadership, where there was politics of corruption, nepotism and non-governance", Tyagi told reporters.