Lalu Prasad Yadav convicted in the fourth fodder scam case

Pauline Gross
March 20, 2018

Earlier on Friday, the special CBI court had made three former bureaucrats of Bihar accountant-general's office accused in the fodder scam. But towards the end of proceedings, the court, observing that the accused were already in custody and that lawyers were present, pronounced its judgment. Yadav faces two fodder scam cases with one being in Ranchi and another in Patna. 19 persons have been found guilty, while 12 have been acquitted.

Besides Mishra, those acquitted include politicians like Dhruva Bhagat, R K Rana and Jagdish Sharma.

Whereas, his close aide and former chief minister Jagannath Mishra has been acquitted by the court in this case.

"I was expecting acquittal".

Lalu Yadav's wife Rabri Devi said, "We respect the verdict and have faith in the judiciary".

Lalu's wife and former CM Rabri Devi said she was expecting a good news. We respect the court.

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These people have been convicted in the Dumka case along with RJD Chief Yadav: Ajit Kumar Verma, guilty under Section 120/B; Arun Kumar Singh Doshi, KK Prasad, Manoranjan Prasad, Nand Kishor Prasad, OP Diwakar, RK Bageria and Raghunandan Prasad. Hundreds of his supporters and his Tej Pratap Yadav, along with senior RJD leaders reached the hospital soon after the verdict. He has now been convicted in four fodder scam cases with two more cases still at the trial stage.

Meanwhile, RJD saw politics behind the conviction of Lalu Prasad and acquittal of Mishra. Lalu Prasad has appealed against this conviction and has been incarcerated at the Birsa Munda Central Jail since December 23.

On Saturday, he was shifted from Ranchi jail to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), after he complained of multiple health problems, including rectal piles, low hemoglobin and irregular heartbeat.

The bulk of the cases was transferred to Ranchi after Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar in 2000. On January 24, the special CBI court sentenced Lalu to five years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10 lakh.

His youngest son Tejashwi Yadav, who is the leader of opposition in the Bihar assembly, is now leading the RJD in the state. While RJD retained the Jehanabad assembly seat, BJP was able to hold on to the Bhabua assembly seat.

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