Lalu Prasad , RJD president and Ex- CM of Bihar, Jagannath Mishra appeared in the special CBI court, Ranchi for the trial of multi-crore fodder scam case. The hearing will take place in the presence of CBI judge Dev Raj Tripathi, PTI reported.
The scam which had hit the headlines saw Lalu was debarred from ontesting elections under the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Now that trial will go on, the former Bihar Chief Minister will have to wait for more time to fight polls.
Under the Fodder Scam Case, 45 persons were accused and some of them had died during trial. Currently 26 people are facing trial in accusation of the Fodder Scam case.
Earlier on June 6 Lalu Prasad, Jagannath Mishra and other went to the special CBI court in connection with fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 40 lakh from the Bhagalpur treasury in 1996.
Lalu Prasad on May, 8th was ordered by The Supreme Court that he has to appear in all the four cases of Fodder Scam. The SC had aside the 2014 Jharkhand High Court order which had stayed the trial against Yadav after conviction in one of the cases. The CBI had challenged the 2014 order of the Jharkhand High Court quashing four pending fodder scam cases against him on the grounds that a person convicted in one case could not be tried in similar cases based on same witnesses and evidences.
In reference to the hearing of courts in Fodder Scam Case Lalu Yadav has given statement that, “I have full faith in judiciary. I will appear in court whenever asked.”
Lalu today appeared in court for two cases, in relation with the fraudulent withdrawal from Deoghar district treasury and Doranda Ranchi tressaury where as Mishra appeared in court for Deoghar Case.
Lalu has been convicted and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in one of the four cases he faced in fodder scam.
A total of 267 witnesses in this particular case of fodder scam in the Animal Husbandry department during RJD rule in Bihar and of this 34 have already recorded there statements.
The Rs 900-crore fodder scam surfaced in early 1990s when Lalu Prasad was the Chief Minister of Bihar. Majority of cases belonged to Jharkhand region of the then undivided Bihar.