Fodder Scam: Jharkhand High Court, extended Lalu Prasad bail

Ranchi: Jharkhand High Court extends bail period of Lalu Prasad till Aug 20, Yadav was granted six weeks provisional bail for treatment in May, which was later extended by the High Court. He was in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central Jail after being convicted in December 2017 in a fodder scam case.

Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh, has fixed August 17 for the final hearing on the pleas for further extending the bail period by three month. The full hearing on the petition could not take place as lawyers abstained from works owing to demise of one of their colleagues.

We have prayed for the extension of the bail period for three more months on medical grounds,” Prasad’s counsel Prabhat Kumar said.

On September 30, 2013, RJD Supremo was convicted in the first fodder scam case related to the Chaibasa Treasury. The court had on 19 March held the 69-year-old RJD chief guilty along with 18 others in connection with the case.

Fodder scam: 35 sentenced to prison

Thirty-five convicts in a case related to the multi-crore-rupee fodder scam were Saturday sentenced to imprisonment ranging from six-four years and slapped fines of up to Rs.2 crore by a special CBI court in Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi.

Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge of R.R. Tripathy Friday pronounced judgment in the case revolving around fraudulent withdrawal of Rs.8.37 crore from a government treasury in Chaibasa city in the garb of providing fodder for cattle.

Of the 61 accused, three were acquitted and 23 were awarded sentence of three years earlier.

The court Saturday sentenced the remaining 35 convicted people to six-four rigorous imprisonment (RI) and slapped fines on them.

A six-year RI was awarded to former regional director of animal husbandry Junual Bhengraj. The court also slapped a fine of Rs.2 crore on him.

Five other convicts were awarded five-year RI and a fine of Rs.1 crore each.

The multi-crore rupee scam surfaced in 1996 before Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar.

A total of 61 cases were transferred to Jharkhand after it was created in November 2000. Special CBI courts have so far passed judgments in 32 cases.

Rashtriya Janata Dal Chief Lalu Prasad and former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra are accused in five cases and trial in the cases are going on in CBI courts of Ranchi.

62 convicted in fodder scam, 23 jailed

A special CBI court here Friday convicted 62 people, including 27 government officials, in the 1996 multi-million fodder scam and 23 of them were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment ranging from three to five years.

Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge R.R. Tripathy pronounced the judgment in the case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs.8.37 crore from Chaibasa treasury. Of the 62 convicted, 27 are government officials and the rest are suppliers.

The court handed down three to five years of rigorous imprisonment to 23 of those convicted and slapped fines between Rs.20,000 and Rs.4.5 lakh as well.

The quantum of sentence against the remaining convicts will be pronounced Saturday.

The multi-million fodder scam surfaced in 1996 when Jharkhand was part of undivided Bihar. A total of 61 cases were transferred to Jharkhand after it was carved out from Bihar in November 2000. The special CBI courts have passed judgement in 32 cases.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad and former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra are accused in five cases and trial of the cases are going on in CBI courts of Ranchi.