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RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav Convicted by the Ranchi CBI Court in Fodder Scam

It was stated by the Special CBI judge Shivpal Singh that the Rashtriya Janata Dal leaders and others are guilty of siphoning off Rs 89 lakhs on the pretext of buying the livestock from the Deogarh treasury. The scam showed the impious relation between politicians, bureaucrats and feed suppliers.
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Special CBI Court in Ranchi on saturday has convicted the former Chief Minister of Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav in one of the cases out of the infamous multi-million Fodder Scam.

It was stated by the Special CBI judge Shivpal Singh that the Rashtriya Janata Dal leaders and others are guilty of siphoning off Rs 89 lakhs on the pretext of buying the livestock from the Deogarh treasury. The scam showed  the impious relation between politicians, bureaucrats and feed suppliers.

The quantum of sentence will be pronounced by the court on January 3, 2018. Further Jagannath Mishra, another former Chief Minister of Bihar has been acquitted by the court.

The court has pronounced judgement in 3 cases out of 64 cases of the fodder scam which involved siphoned off of Rs 900 crores in the early 90’s from the state’s animal husbandry department.

The scam came into light in 1996 when the Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad Yadav was the Chief Minister and the Finance Minister. Politicians and bureaucrats were involved in the scam where they siphoned off Rs 89 lakhs over the period of 20 years. 

The Supreme Court in the start of the year said that the trial in the matter should be concluded within the period of nine months. There were 19 accused in the matter other than Lalu and Mishra. Initially 34 people were accused in the matter out of which 11 people died during the course of the trial and one turned approver.

In october 2013 Lalu Prasad Yadav has spent two months in jail for being convicted in the matter and was later released on the bail by the Supreme Court.

The fodder scam came into light in 1990s after a raid was done at the animal husbandry department revealed documents which showed the illegal withdrawals and association between the government and fodder suppliers.

In the year 1997 charge sheet was filed in the matter which had the names of the Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra. At that time Lalu Prasad Yadav resigned from his post of Chief Minister and has later served as a Railway minister during the period of 2004-2009.

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Mehak Sharma
Published on 24th Dec, 2017
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