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aaFormer JD (U) MP Jagdish Sharma including 19 others were pronounced guilty by special CBI court in RC34A/96 case of Fodder scam here on Wednesday. Court of CBI special Judge Sita Ram Prasad read out the judgement which was reserved after completion of hearing on January 9. Sharma, who is already a convict in case RC20A/96 of fodder scam along with former Bihar Chief minister Lalu Prasad was out on bail and was taken into custody once again along with 12 others.

Quantum of sentence would be pronounced on Friday.

Seven accused, all of them suppliers were found guilty under several sections of IPC and sentenced for a period of three years each, taking which under consideration the court allowed them to be released on bail bond on surety of Rs.10, 000 each.

Sharma has been found guilty under section 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120 (B) of IPC alo0ng with section 13 (2) R/W 13(1) (b) of Prevention of Corruption Act. CBI Counsel Shiv Kumar Kaka said that that the maximum quantum of sentence in the corruption case could be seven years. “Apart from the collective charges under sections of prevention of corruption act Sharma has been also accused of the similar charges in individual capacity,” he said.

Apart from Sharma prominent among the convicts are former AHD officials Raj Deo Sharma (ex-AHD Treasury Officer), Shashi Kumar Sinha (Touring Veterinary Officer-TVO), Dr Ajit Kumar Sinha (TVO) and Bhanukar Dubey (ex-Treasury Officer). The rest convicts are fodder suppliers.

The RC34A/96 of the Fodder scam relates to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs.1.16 crore from Godda treasury in which the CBI primarily accused 30 people and filed charge sheet against them. During the long process of hearing ( Case was lodged in 1996) six among the accused died, two of them pleaded guilty, two turned approvers for the CBI whereas one among the accused is still absconding.

(Source: IANS)

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