A special CBI court today convicted RJD supremo and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in a fodder scam case.
Fodder Scam: A special CBI court today (February 15) convicted Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in a fodder scam case. This case is related to the withdrawal of Rs 139.5 crore from Doranda Treasury. What will be the punishment for Lalu Yadav in this case, its decision will be pronounced on February 18. Earlier, the special CBI court had completed the hearing of this case on 29 January and had reserved the verdict. Lalu Prasad has already been sentenced to 14 years in four other fodder scam cases and fined 60 lakhs. Apart from this, bail is available in Dumka, Deoghar and Chaibasa Treasury cases.
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Case going on on 99 accused including Lalu
In the case in which Lalu Yadav has been convicted today, a special CBI court heard 99 accused including former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav. This hearing was going on from February 2021 last year and after the production of the last accused Dr Shailendra Kumar, the hearing of the case was completed on 29 January 2022, on which the decision came today. The special CBI court had ordered all the accused to be physically present on the day of the pronouncement of the verdict i.e. today. Lalu Yadav reached Ranchi on Sunday itself to be present in the court during the hearing.
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Earlier, 170 people were made accused in this case, in which 55 have died and seven people have become government witnesses. Apart from this, two people have accepted themselves guilty by the court’s decision while six are absconding. Apart from Lalu Prasad, former MP Jagdish Sharma, then Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chief Dhruv Bhagat, Animal Husbandry Secretary Beck Julius and Animal Husbandry Assistant Director Dr KM Prasad were found guilty in this case.
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The matter came to the fore in 1996
In many districts of undivided Bihar (including Bihar and Jharkhand), Rs 950 crore was fraudulently withdrawn from the exchequer. This matter of fodder scam came to the fore in January 1996, when the Animal Husbandry Department was raided. The CBI made Lalu Yadav an accused in this case in June 1997 and charged Prasad and former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra. In September 2013, the trial court found Prasad, Mishra and 45 others guilty in a fodder scam case and sent Lalu Prasad to Ranchi jail. In December 2013, the Supreme Court granted bail to Lalu Yadav, but in December 2017, the CBI court convicted him and 15 others and sent him to Birsa Munda jail. After this, the Jharkhand High Court granted bail to Prasad in April 2021 last year.
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