Two days after RJD boss Lalu Prasad Yadav was rocked by the release of tapes showing him taking orders from jailed dreaded criminal Mohd Shahabuddin, the former Bihar CM got another shock from the Supreme Court on Monday. The apex court has revived the 21-year-old fodder scam cases. With this, Lalu would have to face trial in all four fodder scam cases. The apex court passed this order while setting aside the Jharkhand High Court order, which had stayed the trial against Yadav after conviction in one of the cases.
The top court also pulled up the CBI for the delay in filing an appeal against the HC order in the case. The CBI has challenged the 2014 order of the Jharkhand High Court which quashed four pending fodder scam cases against Lalu, saying he couldn’t be tried twice for a similar offense. 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.
Here is the complete timeline of fodder scam cases against Lalu Prasad Yadav and others since 1996:
May 8, 2017: Supreme Court revives around Rs 1000-crore fodder scam case. The SC orders separate trial of each offense or four cases registered against the former Bihar CM. The apex court also allowed the plea by CBI opposing the dropping of charges against Lalu Prasad Yadav by Jharkhand High Court in the fodder scam case.
April 20, 2017: Supreme Court says 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.
2014: The Jharkhand High Court quashes four pending fodder scam cases against Lalu Yadav on the grounds that a person convicted in one case could not be tried in similar cases based on same witnesses and evidence.
September 30, 2013: Lalu Prasad Yadav along with 44 others convicted by a CBI court in the fodder scam. Lalu ceases to be Member of Parliament after the verdict.
September 17, 2013: A special CBI court in Ranchi reserves the judgment in fodder scam case against Lalu Yadav and others.
August 13, 2013: Lalu Yadav’s plea seeking transfer of the trial court judge hearing the fodder scam case rejected by Supreme Court.
March 1, 2012: CBI court frames charges against former chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra, JD-U’s Jehanabad MP Jagdish Sharma and 31 others in connection with fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 46 lakh from Banka and Bhagalpur treasuries against “forged bills”. The development took place nine years after a chargesheet was filed against 44 people in one of the cases related to the around Rs 1000-crore fodder scam.
May 31, 2007: Lalu Yadav’s nephews were among the 58 people convicted and awarded jail terms of 5-6 years each. These included two former regional directors of Animal Husbandry Department Junul Bhengraj and Raja Ram and four suppliers — Rakesh Mehra, Sanjay Kumar, Nagendra Yadav and Virendra Yadav.
December 18, 2006: Lalu Yadav, Rabri Yadav acquitted in a disproportionate assets case filed against them by the CBI seven years ago.
November 23, 2006: Fodder scam arguments conclude in the case.
February 2002: Fodder scam trial begins in Ranchi special CBI court.
October 5, 2001: Fodder scam cases transferred to Jharkhand by Supreme Court.
June 9, 2000: Charges framed against Lalu Yadav and Rabri Devi.
May 10, 2000: Lalu gets provisional bail from Patna High Court which is extended on 25 occasions.
April 5,2000: Lalu Yadav and Rabri Devi surrender before CBI court. Rabri gets bail,Lalu sent to jail.
April 4, 2000: Lalu Yadav chargesheeted. Rabri’s name included as co-accused.
August 19,1998: Disproportionate Assets case registered against Lalu.
July 30, 1997: Lalu Yadav surrenders before a court after resigning as Bihar Chief Minister following the multi-crore fodder scam.
June 23, 1997: CBI files chargesheets against Lalu and 55 other co-accused. 63 cases registered under IPC Sections 420 (forgery) and 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) and Section 13 (b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
June 17, 1997: Bihar Governor gives permission for Lalu and others to be prosecuted.
May 10, 1997: CBI makes a formal request to Bihar Governor to prosecute Lalu.
March 19, 1996: Supreme Court affirms Patna High Court order, asks 2-member bench to monitor the progress of the investigation.
March 11, 1996: Patna High Court orders CBI to investigate fodder scam cases.
January 27, 1996: Rs 950-crore fodder scam revealed during a raid on the offices of Animal Husbandry department – under which money for agricultural support programmes was stolen – in Chaibasa. The scam involved a large-scale embezzlement of public funds for fake purchase and supply of cattle fodder in Bihar in 1990s.