On Monday, former Bihar chief and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted by the special CBI court in the fourth fodder scam linking to alleged withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury over two decades now.
But the former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra not found guilty in the case. 12 accused have been convicted in total, whereas five have been acquitted. Commenting on the fifth case, it is relating to alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 139 crore from the Doranda treasury in Ranchi is pending with the court. On Saturday, Yadav was admitted to a hospital for treatment following his complaint of chest pain. On Thursday, the court had postponed the judgment considering the Lalu Yadav’s counsel filing a petition under 319 CrPC asking the then three officials of the Accountant General (in the 1990s) be made a party to the case.
The case comprises fraudulent withdrawals of Rs 3.76 crore from Dumka treasury, which is now in Jharkhand, between December 1995 and January 1996 when Prasad was the chief minister of Bihar. However, the court had acquitted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra, and 11 others in the order that was delayed following the arguments finished on March 5. Yadav has been in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda jail since December 23 after being convicted in the second fodder case relating to illegal withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deogarh treasury 21 years ago. The 69-year-old RJD chief was found guilty in the first fodder scam in 2013 and sentenced five years jail, a conviction that charges him his seat in Parliament and banned him from contesting elections for at least 11 years. There are still two more cases involving Prasad of which verdict is yet to come.