Lalu Yadav Convicted In Fourth Fodder Scam Case, Another Ex-Chief Minister Acquitted

Lalu Yadav Convicted In Fourth Fodder Scam Case, Another Ex-Chief Minister Acquitted
Lalu Prasad was convicted in the first fodder scam case in 2013 and sentenced to jail for five years.
All India | Reported by Manish Kumar, Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Updated: March 19, 2018 14:54 IST
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Lalu Yadav Convicted In Fourth Fodder Scam Case, Another Ex-Chief Minister Acquitted
Lalu Yadav leaves CBI court in Ranchi after being pronounced guilty in Fodder scam (Dumka Treasury) case

NEW DELHI: Bihar politician Lalu Yadav has been convicted in the fourth case linked to the fodder scam while his predecessor Jagannath Mishra has been acquitted by a court in Jharkhand’s Ranchi.

Lalu Yadav went to the court straight from a hospital where he was admitted after he fell ill inside prison three days ago.

The fodder scam involves the embezzlement of government funds in Bihar meant for cattle fodder. The multi-million-rupee scam surfaced in the 1990s when Lalu Yadav was chief minister of undivided Bihar.

The court today heard a case related to Rs. 3.13 crore swindled from the Dumka treasury between December 1995 and January 1996.

Besides Lalu Yadav and Jagannath Mishra, 30 others are accused in this case.

Because of his conviction, he can’t contest elections or hold public office for years. In his absence, his son Tejashwi Yadav has led the party and was seen to prove himself up to the task when the RJD retained two key seats in Bihar bypolls.

Lalu Yadav’s lawyers say he had expected relief in the Dumka treasury case because another chief minister had been acquitted.

Lalu Prasad was convicted in the first fodder scam case in 2013 and sentenced to jail for five years. The RJD chief was convicted in a second case on December 23, 2017, and sentenced to three-and-half years in jail. In a third case, he was sentenced to jail for five years; this one was related to money swindled from the Chaibasa treasury.

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