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HomePoliticsIndia4th Fodder scam: Verdict against Lalu, Mishra deferred till 19 Mar

4th Fodder scam: Verdict against Lalu, Mishra deferred till 19 Mar

Lalu Prasad has already been convicted in three fodder cases while Mishra was convicted in two cases

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Ranchi: A special CBI court has deferred till 19 March the verdict against former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra in the fourth fodder scam case pertaining to withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury over two decades ago.

This is the second time that the judgement in the case has been postponed, RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s counsel Prabhat Kumar said. The special CBI judge is on a training programme. The judgement will be pronounced on 19 March, the lawyer said.

The court had postponed the judgement on 15 March till the next day in view of a plea being filed on behalf of Prasad seeking three officials in the office of the accountant general in the 1990s be made a party to the case.

Besides Prasad and Mishra, 29 others are accused, including former IAS and animal husbandry department officials, in the Dumka treasury case.

The 69-year-old RJD chief Lalu Prasad has been in Birsa Munda jail at Ranchi since 23 December last year after being convicted in the second fodder scam case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deogarh treasury 21 years ago.

On 6 January this year, the CBI court judge had sentenced Prasad to three-and-a-half years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on him in the Deoghar treasury case.

In 2013, Prasad was convicted in the first fodder scam case involving the withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa treasury and sentenced to five years in jail while Mishra was given a prison term of four years.

The CBI court had on 24 January this year sentenced Prasad and Mishra to five years in jail in a fodder scam case in connection with fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.62 crore from the Chaibasa treasury.

Lalu Prasad has already been convicted in three fodder cases while Mishra was convicted in two cases.

The fifth case relating to illegal withdrawal of Rs 139 crore from the Doranda treasury in Ranchi is pending with the court.

The over Rs 900-crore fodder scam cases relate to illegal withdrawal of money from government treasuries in different districts of the animal husbandry department in undivided Bihar in the 1990s when the RJD was in power in the State and Lalu Prasad was the chief minister.

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