Former Bihar CM Lalu Yadav found guilty in 4th fodder scam case, Jagannath Mishra let off

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Mar 19, 2018, 07:58 AM(IST)

Lalu Prasad Yadav leaves a CBI court in Ranchi after being pronounced guilty in the fourth fodder scam. Photograph:( ANI )

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RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is also an accused in the scam which involves the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from December 1995 to January 1996 from the Dumka treasury

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi today convicted former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad in the fourth fodder scam.The court acquitted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra.

The case involves the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from December 1995 to January 1996 from the Dumka treasury.

A special CBI court in Ranchi heard the case on March 15 and had reserved the order for today (March 19).

Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra were in January sentenced to five years in prison in the third fodder scam case also referred to as the Chaibasa treasury case. The case pertained to the embezzlement of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa district treasury during 1992-93.

Jagannath Mishra was in December acquitted in the fodder scam case which relates to the alleged fraudulent withdrawal of more than Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar treasury between 1991 and 1994 when Lalu was chief minister of Bihar. 

Lalu Prasad Yadav was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail in that case.

Lalu, who is accused in a total of six fodder scam cases, has been found guilty in three cases so far.

An earlier conviction in 2013 for five years had made him ineligible to stand for elections for six years. 

The fodder scam was first unearthed in the 1990's by the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General when it noticed that invoices from the Bihar treasury would always come in late. 

The invoices, for payments that were never being made, were fake. 
 

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