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Lalu Prasad awaits verdict in another fodder scam case

RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. File photo   | Photo Credit: Manob Chowdhury

A special CBI court is likely to pronounce its verdict in another fodder scam case on Wednesday in which 56 persons are accused, including Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra.

The fodder scam case, RC 68(A) / 1996 pertained to the fraudulent of ₹33.67 crore from Chaibasa (now in Jharkhand) district treasury during 1992-93.

Out of the total 76 accused in the case, 14 have died during the trial, three became approvers, two pleaded guilty while one is absconding. Of the 56 facing trial, six are politicians, three former IAS officers, six animal husbandry department officials, a treasury official and 40 suppliers to the department.

The court of special CBI judge SS Prasad is likely to pronounce its judgment on Wednesday, said CBI counsel BMP Singh.

Prasad is currently lodged in the Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi after being convicted for 3.5 years in RC 64(A) / 96 on December 23, 2017. The case pertained to the Deoghar treasury.

The quantum of judgment was pronounced on January 6, 2018 in the case by the CBI special judge Shiv Pal Singh. Prasad has appealed to the Ranchi High Court against his conviction in the case.

Earlier, Prasad’s first conviction in another case of the fodder scam on September 30, 2013 for five years had barred him from contesting elections for a period of six years. Later, he got bail from a higher court in the case.

Prasad is facing trial in a total of six fodder scam cases.

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