Lalu Yadav convicted in fodder scam case, sentencing on 3 January

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A special CBI court in Ranchi has convicted former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in fodder scam case. The court in Ranchi has acquitted former Bihar Chief Minister, in fodder scam case. Along with Mishra, Dhruv Bhagat, Vidyasagar.

The sentencing of the all convicted will take place on 3 January. Yadav will have to be sent to jail until the then.

The RJD said that it will appeal the verdict in higher courts. The party’s spokesperson, Manoj Jha, said that it was tragedy of justice since Yadav was the first one to highlight the scam during his term as the chief minister.

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

There was an utter confusion in the court when the court’s acquittal of Mishra was misconstrued as the acquittal of Yadav. Janta Ka Reporter too had wrongly flashed the news of Yadav’s acquittal.

Besides the two ex-chief ministers, former MP RK Rana, three former IAS officers – Phoolchand Singh, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad – were also among the 22 accused in the fodder case.
 
The other accused in the case include former Bihar minister Vidya Sagar Nishad, former Public Accounts Committee chairmen Jagdish Sharma and Dhruv Bhagat. All of them have been acquitted by the CBI court.
 
A chargesheet was filed against 38 persons on 27 October, 1997.
 
Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed to their crime and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said.
 
The accused are facing charges under IPC sections 120B, 409, 418, 420, 467, 468, 471, 477 (A), 201 and 511 and under Prevention of Corruption Act section 13 (1) D read with 13 (2).
 
The order was reserved on December 13. Lalu faces three other fodder cases.
 

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