D-Day for Lalu Prasad Yadav: CBI court set to deliver verdict in fodder case today

Lalu, along with his son Tejaswi Yadav arrived in Ranchi on Friday, ahead of the verdict while expressing the hope that the court will give him a "clean chit" in the case. Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team Ranchi, Jharkhand, India Dec 23, 2017, 05.33 AM (IST)

The fate of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav along with 21 others will be decided today by a special CBI court in the 1996 fodder scam case.

Lalu, along with his son Tejaswi Yadav arrived in Ranchi on Friday, ahead of the verdict while expressing the hope that the court will give him a "clean chit" in the case.

"We trust and respect the judiciary. We will not let BJP's conspiracies work," he told reporters.

The case relates to the alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 95 lakh from the Deoghar treasury, more than Rs 900 crores was reportedly syphoned off from the Chaibasa treasury when Lalu was chief minister of Bihar in the 90s.

The other accused in the case include former Bihar minister Vidya Sagar Nishad, former Public Accounts Committee chairmen Jagdish Sharma and Dhruv Bhagat. A chargesheet was filed against 38 persons in 1997.

Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed to their crime and were convicted in 2006-07.

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).
  
RJD chief has already been convicted and sentenced to five years of imprisonment in one of the five fodder scam cases. The former Bihar chief minister faces three other fodder scam cases.

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RJD chief has already been convicted and sentenced to five years of imprisonment in one of the five fodder scam cases. The former Bihar chief minister faces three other fodder scam cases.