The Supreme Court today pronounced its verdict on a plea by the CBI challenging the dropping of conspiracy charges against former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav by the Jharkhand High Court in one of the fodder scam cases.
Giving no relief to Lalu, the Supreme Court ordered the separate trial of each offense or four cases registered against the former Bihar CM. According to ANI, the Supreme Court allowed the plea by CBI opposing dropping of charges against Lalu Prasad Yadav by Jharkhand High Court in the fodder scam case.
The apex court also ordered the trial court to complete the trial within nine months. If Lalu is convicted further in any of the cases, it may lead to the permanent political exile of former CM and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief. Lalu is presently in trouble because of the leak of tapes by a new channel showing him taking orders from jailed gangster Mohd Shahabuddin.
On April 20, the apex court had said it would continue hearing the plea filed by CBI against the Jharkhand High Court order quashing one of the FIRs against Lalu and others related to the Chaibasa Fodder Scam case. SC said this after hearing the plea filed by Lalu challenging his jail sentence in connection with the fodder scam.
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The scam dates back to mid-1990s and involved embezzlement of around Rs 1000 crore from the Bihar government treasury during Lalu’s tenure as Bihar CM between 1990-97. The amount was withdrawn allegedly using fake bills showing the money was used for buying medicines and fodder for cattle.The high court had dropped the conspiracy charge against Lalu and others in 2014 in one of the fodder scam cases.
However, it allowed the continuation of proceedings against Lalu for two alleged offenses — first under IPC section 201 for causing the disappearance of evidence of an offense committed or giving false information. Second, under IPC section 511 for attempting to commit offenses punishable with imprisonment for life or imprisonment, and in such attempt doing agy act towards the commission of the offense, according to an IE report.
The Supreme Court is also hearing Lalu’s plea challenging his jail sentence in the fodder scam case.