Faizabad: A local court on Wednesday sentenced Samajwadi Party leader and former MP Mitrasen Yadav to seven years' rigorous imprisonment in an embezzlement case.

 After hearing arguments on the quantum of punishment, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate AK Shukla awarded him seven years' RI.

On December 13, the court held him guilty in the 14-year-old embezzlement case and issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against him.

Yadav is SP's candidate from Bikapur constituency for next year's assembly election in UP.

Soon after the announcement of the sentence, Yadav, a five-term MLA and three-time MP, was arrested and lodged in jail.

The case relates to alleged embezzlement of Rs 62,000 from the accounts of Kisan Inter College of which Yadav was the Managar.

The case was filed in 1997 at Tarun Police Station in the district.

His son Anandsen, a BSP MLA and former minister in the Mayawati government, is already serving life sentence in connection with a murder of law student Shashi.

(Agencies)