Lalu Prasad Convicted for Fodder Scam in ₹139.35cr Doranda Treasury Case
On Tuesday, a specialized Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi condemned RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav for the Rs 139.35 crore Doranda treasury scandal, the sixth fodder fraud case.
Lalu Yadav has also been found guilty in four additional cases, such as the infamous Rs 950 crore fodder scam, which involved illicit withdrawals of 37.7 crores and 33.13 crores out from Chaibasa treasury, 89.27 crores out from Deoghar treasury, plus 3.76 crores out from Dumka treasury. All cases involved the misappropriation of government cash intended for cow feed.
He has already been sentenced to years of imprisonment so far, although he is now on bail in 4 convicted instances, the most recent of which (the Dumka treasury case) had been in April of last year.
Between 1991 to 1996, whenever Lalu Yadav was the chief minister of Bihar, money was seized by the Animal Husbandry Department. Under a portion of his sentence, he already has served approximately 3.5 years in judicial custody.
Lalu Yadav has also disputed the very last 4 sentences. The 73-year-old has been in prison since December 2017, serving the majority of his term at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences throughout Jharkhand.
Although his health declined, he was flown to Delhi in January of last year. On the other hand, Lalu Yadav would have to return to prison if convicted and sentenced to three years in prison.
How did the case come to light?
Following the conclusion of the statements on January 29, the court requested that all defendants be physically present on the day of the verdict.
55 of the 170 initial defendants have expired, 7 have become government witnesses, two have admitted the accusations against them, and six have fled the country.
Post a raid at the Animal Husbandry department throughout January 1996, the fodder scam was exposed.
Prasad, Mishra, plus 45 others were convicted in one of the instances relating to the fodder fraud in September 2013, and Prasad was sentenced to Ranchi Prison.