Fodder scam case: RJD president Lalu Prasad and former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra today reached reached the special CBI Court in Ranchi to appear in connection with a multi-crore fodder scam case. The hearing will take place in the court of CBI judge Dev Raj Tripathi, according to PTI report. The scam which had hit the headlines saw Lalu was debarred from ontesting elections under the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Now that trial will go on, the former Bihar Chief Minister will have to wait for more time to fight polls. A total of 45 persons were named as accused in the case. It has been learned that some of the accused had died during trial. Presently, the trial was going on against 27 persons. A total of 267 witnesses in this particular case of fodder scam in the Animal Husbandry department during RJD rule in Bihar and of this 34 have already recorded there statements.
Earlier on June 6, RJD president Lalu Prasad had appeared in the special CBI. Mishra and other accused also appeared then. Their appearance was in connection with fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 40 lakh from the Bhagalpur treasury in 1996. The court had summoned the accused for personal appearance.
On May 8, the Supreme Court had directed that Lalu Prasad Yadav will face trial in all four fodder scam cases. The apeax court had aside the 2014 Jharkhand High Court order which had stayed the trial against Yadav after conviction in one of the cases. In a tough message, the top court had said the High Court should have been consistent in its findings and not have given different views for different sets of accused in a case. The Supreme Court had also pulled up the CBI for delay in filing appeal against the High Court order in the case and said the probe agencys director should have looked into this important matter and deputed an officer to pursue the case. The CBI had challenged the 2014 order of the Jharkhand High Court quashing four pending fodder scam cases against him on the grounds that a person convicted in one case could not be tried in similar cases based on same witnesses and evidences.