Sunday, December 24, 2017

Fodder Scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav lodged in Jail for 9th time

Fodder Scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav lodged in Jail for 9th time

Ranchi: A special CBI court on Saturday, 23rd December 2017 convicted former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a fodder scam case 21 years after it had surfaced, while acquitting six others including another former chief minister, Jagannath Mishra.
Soon after the announcement of Judgement, police arrested Lalu Prasad in the premises of the court and he was sent to Birsa Munda Jail. This is  9th time Lalu Prasad was lodged in the jail.

Special judge Shivpal Singh pronounced the verdict in a packed courtroom in the case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on January 3. The copy of the judgment was not immediately available.
Sixty-nine-year-old Lalu Prasad, who heads the RJD, and other convicts were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the verdict. Lalu Prasad's son Tejaswi Yadav, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly, was present in the court.

Lalu Prasad and other convicted in the fodder scam case were then whisked off to Birsa Munda jail, where security has been tightened, CBI sources said.

The special court acquitted 80-year-old Jagannath Mishra and five others – former Public Accounts Committee chairman Druv Bhagat, former Indian Revenue Service officer AC Choudhary, fodder suppliers Saraswati Chandra and Sadhana Singh and former minister Vidya Sagar Nishad.

Besides Lalu Prasad, the court convicted political leaders Jagdish Sharma and R K Rana, IAS officers Beck Julius, Phoolchand Singh and Mahesh Prasad, and government officials Krishna Kumar and Subir Bhattacharya. The others are suppliers/ transporters Tripurari Mohan Prasad, Sushil Kumar Sinha, Sunil Kumar Sinha, Raja Ram Joshi, Gopinath Das, Sanjay Agarwal, Jyoti Kumar Jha and Sunil Gandhi.

In 1996, the Patna High Court ordered an inquiry into the fodder scam cases and a charge sheet in the Deogarh treasury case was filed against 38 people on October 27, 1997. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said.

The accused faced charges under various sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said that the party would move the high court against the special CBI court order.

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