RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav found guilty in third fodder scam cas

25 January, 2018, 01:32 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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Prasad had been convicted in the first fodder scam case involving withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa treasury on September 30, 2013 and given five years prison term.

The special court also sent Jagannath Mishra, former chief minister of Bihar, to serve a 5-year prison sentence amid a case where 56 accused are involved.

The fodder scam case, RC 68 (A) / 1996, pertains to the fraudulence of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa (now in Jharkhand) district treasury during 1992-93.

The Rs 900 crore fodder scam, probed by the CBI, relates to fraudulent withdrawal of public funds from different government treasuries over fictitious spends on fodder and other expenses for cattle, Hindustan Times (HT) notes in its report.

The multi-million fodder scam case surfaced in the undivided Bihar in the 1990s. Earlier in the day, the special Central Bureau of Investigation court had convicted the former Bihar chief minister. Both leaders have to pay a fine of Rs 5 lakh each.

Another politician Dhruv Bhagat, who pleaded innocence before the court as he was neither an MLA from 1990-95, nor he or any of his relatives had any relation with the fodder scam, was given 3-year jail term and was slapped a fine of Rs 1.5 lakh.

Prasad was present in court when the sentence was pronounced today.

The special CBI court convicted 50 people and acquitted six in this case.

The 69-year-old Lalu Prasad is now served in the Birsa Munda lockup in Ranchi. Earlier, Lalu was convicted in the scam of the Deoghar treasury.

"We will appeal against the verdict in high court".

Lashing out at the BJP and the RSS for hatching a "conspiracy" to get his father Lalu Prasad Yadav jailed, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday said that he will approach higher court to get justice.

After convicting the accused the CBI court asked whether argument on quantum of sentence should take place on Wednesday or another date be fixed.


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