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Lalu Prasad Yadav Convicted In Fodder Scam Case

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| December 23 , 2017 , 16:24 IST

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted by a special CBI court at Ranchi for his involvement in the fodder scam case. Former  Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra who was among the  34 accused in the 2-decade old scam was acquitted.

Jagannath Mishra's lawyer told reporters, "Jagannath Mishra had 3 charges against him, but there was no evidence... Lalu has been held guilty and he will be sent to jail."

The quantum of punishment will be announced on January 3 by Special CBI judge Shivapal Singh, following which he will be sent to jail directly from court premises. The hearing of the case culminated on  December 13 but the panel decided to wait December 23 to announce the judgement in presence of all accused.

Bihar's deputy Cheif Minister Sushil Modi, who was among the very first petitioners to bring the case into watchful eyes of law which prompted CBI to inquire the case. Delighted with the outcome, he posted a series of tweet on the micro-blogging website.

While 11 accused have passed away during the course of the trial, three turned approvers whereas two others were convicted in 2006-07. The RJD supremo is accused in 5 such fodder scams and has been proved culprit in one.

Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter Misa Bharti and her husband, Shailesh Kumar were booked today in a money laundering case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). A charge sheet against the couple has been filed pertaining their connection to a Delhi farmhouse.

RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha addressed the media soon after the judgement was passed and accused the probing team of arranging witnesses. Lalu supporters will probably challenge the judgement in higher court.

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.

The case pertains 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.