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Former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra have been sentenced to five years in jail after being convicted in the third fodder scam case, a special CBI court ruled on Wednesday. RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav was today convicted by a special CBI court in Ranchi in another fodder scam case. This is the third fodder scam case in which Yadav has been convicted. Lalu has already been convicted in two other cases related to the fodder scams that took place in Bihar in the 90s. The court has also convicted former Jharkhand chief secretary Sajjal Chakravarty in another fodder scam case.
CBI judge SS Prasad also found another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra guility in the case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.62 crore from the Chaibasa treasury in the 1990s. The special Central Bureau of Investigation court of Judge SS Prasad pronounced the judgment related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in 1992-1993. It was alleged that the Rs 33.67-crore was withdrawn on fake allotment letters. The special CBI court convicted five persons and acquitted six in this case. This is the third case of fodder scam in which Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad has been convicted. The special CBI court convicted 50 people and acquitted six in this case.
This is the third case in the fodder scam in which Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad has been convicted. For Jagannath Mishra and Sajjal Chakravarty this is the second fodder scam case in which they have been convicted.
There were total 76 accused in the case and 15 died during the trial while five turned CBI approver. The court has sentence Yadav to five year jail and has imposed Rs 10 lakh as fine.
Meanwhile, RJD said that the party will pursue the case in higher courts.
Lalu Yadav was first convicted in a fodder scam case in 2013 and was awarded five years’ imprisonment while the conviction in the second case came in December last year. Talking to reporters, Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi Yadav said “This is not the final court. We will move high court.”
Lalu Prasad is lodged in the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi as he was convicted on 23 December, 2017 and awarded three-and-half years of imprisonment on 6 January in the fodder scam related to the Deoghar Treasury, under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA). He was also fined Rs 10 lakh in the case for offences of cheating, along with criminal conspiracy, and other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The punishment was handed down to 69-year-old Prasad by CBI court judge Shiv Pal Singh.
The RJD chief was convicted in the fodder scam case for the first time in 2013 and he was awarded five years imprisonment. He was given a prison term of five years on 30 September, 2013, in a fodder scam case. He was released on bail by the Supreme Court after having remained in jail for over two-and-a-half months. The multi-million fodder scam case surfaced in the undivided Bihar in the 1990s.
A Patna High Court directive ordered the case probe to be handed over to the CBI. The allegation against Lalu Prasad is that he ignored the scam reports in his capacity as the finance minister.
The trial in three cases gained momentum in May this year after the Supreme Court directed that the trial be completed in nine months.
In all there were 56 accused, including former Chief Secretary of Jharkhand Sajal Chakraborty. Sajjal was Deputy Commissioner of West Singhbhum district when the alleged fraudulent withdrawal had taken place.
The 69-year-old Prasad is currently lodged in the Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi, as he was awarded a three-and-a-half year sentence on January 6 this year in a fodder scam relating to fraudulent withdrawal from Deoghar treasury.
Lalu takes tea break at CBI court canteen
RJD chief Lalu Prasad appeared unfazed after his conviction in the third fodder scam case by a CBI court here on Wednesday. After the court pronounced the guilty verdict, Lalu Prasad requested the court that he wanted to have tea.
After the court granted him permission, Lalu Prasad went with his security staff to have tea at the CBI court canteen.
The RJD chief first drank water and later sipped tea. After that Lalu Prasad returned to the court. However, he did not speak to waiting media persons.
Later, after the court sentenced him to five years in jail, Lalu Prasad was taken to the Birsa Munda jail, where he is lodged in connection with the earlier fodder scam case.
Lalu Prasad was on Wednesday convicted by special CBI Judge S.S. Prasad in connection with the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in 1992-1993.
He requested the court to give him minimum punishment as he was already serving sentence in another fodder scam case. He cited his health as another ground for reducing his sentence.
Lalu Prasad was convicted on December 23 last year and was awarded three and half years sentence on January 6 in a fodder scam related to fraudulent withdrawal from Deoghar treasury. He was convicted for the first time in a fodder scam in 2013 and he was awarded five years imprisonment.
The Rs 950 crore scam in the Animal Husbandry Department (AHD) popularly known as fodder scam case surfaced in Bihar in the 1990s. On the directive of the Patna High Court the case was handed over to the CBI. The allegation against Lalu Prasad is that he ignored the scam reports in his capacity of Finance Minister.