Fodder scam: Lalu Yadav Convicted; Mishra Acquitted

Lalu Yadav Found Guilty

Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has been convicted by a special CBI court in Ranchi in the fodder scam case. The quantum of punishment will be announced on January 3, 2018. However, ex-Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra has been acquitted in the case.

Fifteen people have been found guilty including Lalu Prasad Yadav, while seven persons including Mishra have been acquitted. The case pertains to alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal chief has already been convicted in another fodder scam case that cost him his Lok Sabha seat and disqualified him from contesting elections.

He faces three other cases related to the fodder scam. The RJD chief also appealed to his supporters in Bihar to maintain peace and order irrespective of the verdict.

Former MP R K Rana, three former IAS officers — Phoolchand Singh, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad — are also among the accused in the case. A chargesheet was filed against 38 persons on October 27, 1997. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said.