Fodder scam case: Lalu moves Jharkhand High Court against conviction, seeks bail

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

President and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, now lodged in Ranchi's Birsa Munda jail, was produced before three special courts of the CBI on Wednesday, in connection with the Rs 1,000-crore fodder scam cases.

Earlier, Prasad appeared in the Special CBI Court of Pradeep Kumar in connection with RC47A/96 related fraudulent withdrawal of "139.39 crore from Doranda Treasury where statements of Income Tax Officer Ashok Kumar Pandey was registered in the Court".

It may be mentioned that Lalu Prasad was convicted and sentenced to three and half years jail term in connection with illegal withdrawal of Rs. 89 lacs from the Deoghar treasury when he was the chief minister between 1994-96.

On September 30, 2013, Yadav was held guilty in another case of illegal withdrawal of Rs 37.70 crore from the Chaibasa treasury and sentenced to jail for five years.

Lalu, who has already been convicted in two fodder scam cases, was physically present in court when the judge fixed the judgment date after CBI lawyer BMP Singh concluded the prosecution's arguments on Wednesday.

Yadav, who has been sentenced for 3.5 years, is now serving his term in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Central jail.

With RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav spending jail term at Ranchi's Birsa Munda prison and death of his elder sister Gangotri Devi, his family has decided not to throw Makar Sankaranti feast this year.

Apart from Lalu, five other politicians are named in the case: former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra, Vidya Sagar Nishad, Jagdish Sharma, Dhub Bhagat and R.K. Rana.

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