Lalu Prasad Yadav convicted in fodder scam case

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The CBI court, while pronouncing its verdict in the fodder scam case, found the RJD leader guilty….reports Asian Lite News

Former Bihar chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav has been convicted of fraudulent withdrawal from Doranda treasury by a CBI Special Court in Ranchi on Tuesday.

The CBI court, while pronouncing its verdict in the fodder scam case, found the RJD leader guilty.

Earlier in April last year, the Jharkhand High Court granted bail to the RJD Supremo in the case of fraudulent withdrawal from Dumka Treasury, one of the cases related to the fodder scam for which he was convicted.

He had already been granted bail in the Chaibasa Treasury Scam case in October 2020, and in the Deoghar Treasury Scam case in February 2020.

The case pertains to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.5 crore from the Dumka treasury by Animal Husbandry Department officials between 1991 and 1996 when Lalu Prasad Yadav served as the State’s Chief Minister.

The first chargesheet in the case was filed in 2005 against 170 persons.

Apart from Lalu Prasad those who are facing prosecution are Jagdish Sharma, Dr R K Sharma, Dhruva Bhagat, five IAS officers, 30 veterinarians, 6 accountants and a few bureaucrats and officials of the animal husbandry department and suppliers.

Last week, Lalu Prasad had said that the country was heading towards a civil war, courtesy Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP.

“New Englishmen come in the form of BJP in the country. PM Narendra Modi does not talk on inflation, unemployment, poverty and other issues. He always talks about temple-mosque (Mandir-Masjid), riots and religions. The people of the country are tired of the propaganda of BJP and Narendra Modi,” the former Bihar chief minister said while reacting to the Hijab controversy.

“BJP is losing Uttar Pradesh Assembly election. They have referred to the protesting farmers as “terrorists”. Since a majority of the farmrs are from the Jat community, the BJP will be wiped out from Jat dominant western Uttar Pradesh and rest of the state as well. Due to ill health am not able to campaign in Uttar Pradesh but am appealing to people of the community to ensure BJP’s defeat in this election,” Lalu Prasad said.

Lalu Prasad arrived in Patna on Tuesday evening to participate in the RJD national level meeting to be held on February 10.

He also said that Nitish Kumar can go anywhere for the post of chief minister of Bihar.

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