Lalu Yadav Fodder Scam updates: The judgment in the fourth fodder scam case against former Bihar chief minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was announced today. This is the fourth case against the RJD chief and relates to the Dumka Treasury scam. Lalu Yadav has been found guilty in the fourth fodder scam case against him, while former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra has been pronounced “not guilty” in the Dumka Treasury case.
Yadav has been previously convicted in other fodder scam cases. He is currently serving a jail sentence. The judgment was announced by a court in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
On Thursday last week, the special CBI court had deferred the judgment in the case against Lalu Yadav. The hearing in the case was completed on March 5. Lalu Yadav is already serving a jail term of 3.5 years in Birsa Munda Central jail of Ranchi. He was convicted on December 23, 2017 in the Deoghar treasury case.
Dumka treasury case is about embezzlement of Rs 3.5 crore in the mid-1990s on the basis of fake vouchers.
Earlier, Lalu Yadav’s lawyer had asked the court to order Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) administration for presenting him in the court. RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad had said that decision of the court would be accepted and followed. Yadav is getting treatment at RIMS. His doctors had said that the former Bihar CM had an infection and he needed to be in the hospital for a few days.
These people have been convicted in the Dumka treasury case along with Lalu Prasad: Ajit Kumar Verma, guilty under Section 120/B; Arun Kumar Singh Doshi, KK Prasad, Manoranjan Prasad, Nand Kishor Prasad, OP Diwakar, RK Bageria, Raghunandan Prasad.
Seven accused in the Dumka Treasury case have been acquitted, including former CM Jagannath Mishra. others are Adheep Chaudhary, Ajit Kumar Verma, MC Suvarno, Benu Jha, Dhruv Bhagat, Lal Mohan Prasadh.
RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh reacts to the verdict: “Ajab hai Narendra Modi aur Nitish ka mel, ajab hai khel, dubara se ho gaya Jagannath Mishra riha, aur Lalu Yadav ko jail. Ek aadmi ko jail, ek aadmi ko bail, ye hai Narendra Modi ka khel.”
The RJD chief was convicted in the first fodder scam case in 2013 and award 5-year jail term. The conviction had barred him from contesting elections for 11 years. He was released on bail later.
Yadav was convicted in the second case on December 23, 2017 and awarded 3.5 years jail term. He was convicted in the third case related to Chaibasa treasury on January 24 this year and awarded 5-year jail term.
After Dumka treasury case, the CBI cour will pronounce judgement in the Doranda treasury case in coming months.