Fodder scam case: RJD Chief and former Bihar Chief Minister will appear before the special CBI Court in Ranchi in connection with a multi-crore fodder scam case today, according to ANI report. The scam which had hit the headlines saw Lalu was debarred from contesting 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.
According to reports, Fodder Scam case dates back to mid-1990s and involves embezzlement of around Rs 1000 crore from the Bihar government treasury during Lalu’s tenure as Bihar CM between 1990-97. Some estimates say the total public money embezzled in the scam was Rs 945 crore.
On June 9, Lalu and former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra had appeared before the special CBI Court.
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.