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What Is Fodder Scam? Lalu Prasad Yadav's Involvement And Pending Verdict

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| December 23 , 2017 , 11:48 IST

The fate of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav will be sealed in few hours when a special CBI court at Ranchi pronounce verdict in the fodder scam case. Prasad and former  Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra are among 34 accused in the 2-decade old scam.

The case relates to the withdrawal of more than Rs. 85 lakh and falsification of records from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994 on the pretext of purchasing livestock feed. The case unearthed over 20 years back and doomed many politicians and bureaucrats due to their involvement in the case.

Lalu has been accused in more than one fodder cases in the past. In one of the fodder cases, he was convicted with five years sentence and Rs25 lakh fine for the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs37.5 crore from the Chaibasa treasury. However, the leader was granted bail later by Supreme Court in December 2013 but had to leave his Lok Sabha seat and was disqualified from contesting elections.

Clarifying the confusion regarding both cases, Lalu told a TV channel, "There are different cases related to fodder scam against me and a separate trial is underway in each of them. Even though the allegation is the same in each case, I have replied to all the charges made by the CBI. Nonetheless, I have full faith in the judicial system."

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The cases pertain to Lalu's tenure as Bihar's Chief Minister and Finance Minister during the 90s when he kept mum on the inquiry against the mastermind of scam for 16 months despite warning from the bureaucrats. The RJD leader was allegedly aware of the scam going under his nose but refused from acknowledging it.

Among the 34 accused in the scam, 11 have already passed away during the course of the trial. The hearing of the case has been culminated on  December 13 by Special CBI judge Shivapal Singh and the judgement will be passed on December 23 in presence of all accused.

Lalu Prasad Yadav was relieved from the charges of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and prevention of corruption in 2014 by Jharkhand High Court as a person convicted in one case could not be tried in similar cases based on same witnesses and evidence.

However, Supreme Court ruled the previous judgement in May this year and affirmed that the leader's presence is must in the trial of all the fodder scam cases. The former Bihar CM has been accused in over 50 fodder scam cases pertaining to embezzlement of over Rs. 900 crores.

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