Lalu Yadav held guilty in fourth fodder scam case

RSTV Bureau
File photo of former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav. PTI

File photo of former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav.
PTI

Former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad was on Monday convicted by a special CBI court in the fourth case of multi-crore fodder scam related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from Dumka treasury in 1990s.

Lalu Prasad, a pivotal figure in Bihar politics for more than two decades, have been thus far convicted in four cases of fodder scam so far.

Meanwhile, Judge Shiv Pal Singh acquitted former chief minister Jagannath Mishra in the same case.

The case RC 38A/96 pertains to illegal withdrawal of money from Dumka treasury. The quantum of punishment in the case would be pronounced later.

On January 24 this year, the special CBI court in Ranchi had convicted Lalu Prasad in the third fodder scam case, which pertained to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.62 crore from the Chaibasa treasury in the 1990s.

The 69-year-old Prasad is currently lodged in the Birsa Munda Jail and may be soon moving his bail plea in the High Court.

Of the total 76 accused, 14 had died, three turned approvers, one is absconding and two others were already convicted. Out of the remaining 56 accused, two government servants and four fodder suppliers were acquitted today.

On January 6, the RJD leader was sentenced to three-and- a-half years in jail and fined Rs 10 lakh by a another CBI judge in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury 21 years ago.

Prasad had been convicted in the first fodder scam case involving withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa treasury on September 30, 2013 and given five years prison term.

(With inputs from agencies)