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Fodder scam

Date: 17 February 2022 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments

Issue

Former Chief Minister of Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav has been convicted in the 5th Fodder Scam case by a special CBI court.

 

Background

Yadav, who has previously been convicted on four other Fodder Scam cases, is currently on bail.

 

Details

The court awarded three years of maximum punishment to co-accused. The sentencing of Yadav could be carried out in future.

 

The Fodder Scam case

  • The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of money from the treasury in 1995-1996. Cases were registered in five areas where such transactions took place.

  • The scam, worth Rs 930 crore, took place in the animal husbandry department of the undivided Bihar between 1985-1995.

  • There were reports of embezzlements taking place in Bihar’s treasuries. After a raid, documents were seized that indicated scam.

  • Multiple PILs were filed in Patna High Court for detailed investigations into the accounts. The cases were transferred to the CBI.

  • The investigations revealed involvement of then Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra, Lalu Prasad Yadav and several bureaucrats.

  • The perpetrators employed fake allotments letters and orders for making payment to suppliers for supplying fodder and medicines for cattle.

 

Conviction

  • After conviction in first case, Yadav was sentenced to five years in jail. He was barred from contesting elections for 11 years.

  • He was convicted in the second case in 2017 for the illegal withdrawal of money from Deoghar treasury and awarded three-and-half years’ imprisonment. 

  • For illegal withdrawal from Chaibasa treasury worth Rs 33.67 crore, Yadav was awarded a five-year jail term. 

  • For withdrawing Rs 3.13 crore from Dumka treasury in the fourth case, Yadav was awarded seven years of imprisonment.

  • The fifth and the latest conviction was related to withdrawal of Rs 139.35 crore from Doranda treasury.

 

Way ahead

Lalu Prasad has been ailing from last couple of years. He was admitted to AIMS recently and has been on bail after spending 3.5 years in jail.