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11:35 am - Saturday April 21, 2018

RJD’s Lalu Prasad, 14 others, held guilty by special CBI court in fodder scam case, sentence on 3rd Jan


A special CBI court on Saturday convicted Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad in a fodder scam case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89 point 4 lakhs from the Deoghar treasury in the 1992-1994 period.The court of special CBI judge Shivpal Singh convicted Lalu Prasad and 14 others in case number RC64A/96.

Congress veteran Jagannath Mishra was, however, acquitted. The court also cleared of charges seven others. January 3 was set by the Judge for the announcement of quantum of punishment.Lalu Prasad will be shifted to Birsa Munda Central Jail located at Hotwar.All properties accumulated post-1990 by the RJD chief will be attached, the Judge ordered.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had arraigned 38 out of which 11 died during the course of the trial in the 21-year-old case.Three of the accused had turned approvers and two others accepted their crime. The CBI had accused them of withdrawal of funds through fake bills from Deoghar treasury of the then unified Bihar.

It had alleged that the suppliers, without providing the goods, had deposited the bills which were not scrutinised by the officials concerned. Lalu Prasad was held guilty of inaction in the fraud despite being in the full know of things.

Another former Chief Minister, Jagannath Mishra, was indicted for recommending for service extension officials of the animal husbandry department who were involved in this scam.

On December 13, the special CBI judge had set December 23 as the date of announcement of its verdict and had asked all the accused to be physically present in the court.

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