Published On : Sat, Dec 23rd, 2017

Lalu Prasad Yadav convicted in Deoghar fodder scam case

Lalu Prasad Yadav
Ranchi: Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and 22 others accused in the fodder scam were acquitted by a special CBI court in Ranchi today.

The case relates to embezzling of more than Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994, when Yadav was the Chief Minister of Bihar.

Of the six fodder scam cases registered against him, this was the second in which verdict is pronounced.

After the first conviction, on September 30, 2013, the five-year prison sentence he got disqualified him from Parliament and he was banned from contesting elections. However, the Supreme Court granted him bail in December that year.

Over all, 34 people were accused in the case, out of which 11 died during the course of the trial, while one turned CBI approver and admitted to the crime.

Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra have already been convicted in another fodder scam case and they are out on bail.

The trial in two other cases is going on in the special CBI court in Ranchi.

The trial in three cases of Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra gained momentum in May this year after the Supreme Court directed the special court to complete the trial in nine months.