Ranchi: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here on Monday convicted former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fourth fodder scam (Dumka treasury) case. Another former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra was, however, acquitted by the court. Another 14 accused were convicted while five were acquitted by the Ranchi court. The case relates to alleged withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury over two decades ago.
In 2013, Prasad was convicted in the first fodder scam case involving withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa treasury. Prasad has been lodged in the Birsa Munda jail at Ranchi since December 23 last year after being convicted in the second case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of money from the Deogarh treasury.
A fifth case relating to alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 139 crore from the Doranda treasury in Ranchi is pending with the court.
“No comments,” was Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad’s response when asked for reaction by reporters post the verdict.
The court had last week postponed the judgement in view of Lalu Prasad’s counsel Prabhat Kumar filing a petition under 319 CrPC asking the then three officials of the Accountant General (in the 1990s) be made a party to the case. Section 319 Cr PC is invoked when there is some strong and cogent evidence against the accused.
Apart from Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra, 29 others including former IAS officers and animal husbandry officials were accused in the Dumka treasury case. Prasad had already been convicted in three fodder scam cases while Mishra was convicted in two fodder scam cases.
A special CBI court on January 24 sentenced Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra to five years in jail in a fodder scam case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.62 crore from the Chaibasa treasury. On January 6, a special CBI court had sentenced Prasad to three-and-a-half years in jail and fined him Rs 10 lakh in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar treasury 21 years ago.
The over Rs 9,00-crore fodder scam cases relate to illegal withdrawal of money from government treasury in different districts in the animal husbandry department in undivided Bihar in 1990s when RJD was in power in the state.
- CBI COurt convicted former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fourth fodder scam (Dumka treasury) case
- Another former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra was, however, acquitted by the court.
- Another 14 accused were convicted
- “No comments”was Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu
- Prasad had already been convicted in three fodder scam cases while Mishra was convicted in two fodder scam cases.