In this Oct. 16, 2006 file photo, Indian railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav attends a function at the Indian Council for Agriculture Research Institute in Patna, India. (AP Photo/Prashant Ravi, File)
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A powerful Indian politician was sentenced Saturday to 14 years in prison for embezzling 37 million rupees ($570,000) from a state government's treasury while he was the state's top elected official.Judges are now expediting trials of lawmakers accused of crimes including murder, fraud and extortion following a Supreme Court order to reach verdicts within one year in such cases. Indian lawmakers are now barred from running in elections if they are found guilty of offenses carrying a jail term of at least two years.
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