Lalu Yadav convicted in Fodder Scam, Jagannath Mishra Acquitted

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A special CBI court on Saturday (23rd December) convicted RJD Supremo Lalu Yadav in Fodder Scam case. Ranchi’s Special CBI Court will pronounce quantum of sentence on January 3rd, 2018 for the 15 guilty including Lalu Prasad Yadav.

Total 15 people have been found guilty including Lalu Prasad Yadav in Fodder Scam Verdict meanwhile 7 others have been found innocent including Former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra.

Police has taken Lalu Prasad Yadav to Birsa Munda Jail.

 Manoj Jha of RJD told ANI,”Kind of evidences we have, we’ll get redressal at a higher court. Politically I know this regime, they have this typical Standard Operating Procedure-Try to make a deal with your opposition, if you fail…scare them. Want to tell them-Your end has begun.”

“I believe in judiciary but in this case, CBI was arranging prosecution. Legally admissible evidence provided by us were set aside,” he added.

Earlier before appearing to the court Lalu said,” I have faith that I will get justice. Whatever be the judgment, appeal to people of Bihar to maintain law and order.”

 On Friday while talking to media persons Lalu said,”“I do hope that I will get justice as in the 2G spectrum case … I have full faith in the judiciary but whatever verdict will come, I will abide by it.”

“It is the BJP, the RSS and Nitish Kumar who are behind all this … they want me to be sent to jail so that they will have no political opponent, but they don’t know that every worker of the RJD is a Lalu Yadav,” he added.

After 2G verdict, Lalu Prasad Yadav and his party are hoping for a judgment similar to that. Lalu Prasad, along with his younger son and Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav, reached Ranchi on Friday to a welcome by hundreds of party workers.

The scam came in lime light in 1996 after Deputy Commissioner Amit Khare raided offices of Animal Husbandry Department and seized the documents that showed transfer of of funds by non-existent companies in the name of supplying fodder.In March 1996 Bihar High Court took the matter into consideration and directs the CBI to probe the scam.

Making Lalu Prasad Yadav and 55 others accused in the case CBI filed a charge sheet against them on June 23, 1997. The case registered against them were under IPC Sections 420 (forgery) and 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) and Section 13 (b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Lalu Prasad Yadav surrendered and was sent to judicial custody on July 30, 1997. His wife Rabri Devi was also made co accused in the case but later she was provided bail. In October 2001 the case was sent to Jharkhand to avoid any kind of pressure from Bihar Government.
February, 2002: Trial begins in the Ranchi special CBI court.

Mr. Prasad and Ms. Rabri devi acquitted of charges in the disproportionate assets case filed by the CBI

Six months after their appearance before the Special CBI court, charges are framed against Mr. Prasad and Mr. Mishra. The court charges the former with fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 47 lakh from the treasuries at Banka and Bhagalpur districts, where alleged forged and fake bills were drawn by the Animal Husbandry Department in 1995-96 when he was the Chief Minister.

Mr. Prasad and Mr. Mishra, along with 45 others are convicted by Special CBI Judge Pravas Kumar Singh. Mr. Prasad stands disqualified as member of the Lok Sabha following the verdict. The two cannot contest any election, including those of the Assembly/Council, for six years from the date of their release from jail.

The Supreme Court holds that Mr. Prasad and other accused persons, including Mr. Mishra, will be tried separately for corruption in a criminal case involving the withdrawal of Rs. 84.53 lakh and falsification of records from the Deoghar Treasury in 1991-94.

The Court today will pronounce verdict on Deoghar Treasury case  which relates to embezzling of more than Rs. 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

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