Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav convicted in Scam

RANCHI: A special CBI court on Saturday convicted former Bihar chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad and 15 other people in a 21-year old fodder scam case.

The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on January 3.

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Those convicted included three IAS officers, former animal husbandry department officials and two other politicians – former JD-U MP Jagdish Sharma and former Bihar minister RK Rana.

RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said the party will challenge the verdict in the Jharkhand high court.

Lalu remained defiant even after the verdict.

“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes…But still prevails…In the end though,” the RJD chief tweeted after he was taken into custody and sent to Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central Jail.

“Had people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Baba Saheb Ambedkar failed in their efforts, history would have treated them as villains. They still are villains for the biased, racist and caste-ist minds. No one should expect any different treatment,” he said in another tweet.

The fodder scam, probed by the CBI, relates to fraudulent withdrawal of nearly ₹900 crore between 1990 and 1995 when public funds were swindled from different treasuries for fictitious spends on fodder and other expenses for cattle.

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source: paper.hindustantimes.com

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