A special CBI court pronounced its judgment in Ranchi in over two-decade-old fodder scam case. After 2G scam verdict and Adarsh, Indians were keenly observing the fodder case of Lalu Yadav. Now the court has said that Lalu Yadav has been convicted but the quantum of sentence will be decided on January 3rd, 2018.
RJD Supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav was among the 22 accused in the fodder scam that made him lose his Chief Minister post but former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra has been acquitted. But there is no relief for Lalu Prasad Yadav for looting the funds. This was the second time that Lalu Yadav was convicted in the ‘Fodder Scam’.
“Ranchi’s Special CBI Court to pronounce the quantum of sentence on January 3rd, 2018 for the 15 guilties including Lalu Prasad Yadav”. Looking at the development, it is certain that Lalu Prasad Yadav’s party will tag this as a political vendetta by PM Modi.
Total 15 people have been found guilty including Lalu Prasad Yadav in #FodderScamVerdict; 7 innocent including Former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra
— ANI (@ANI) December 23, 2017
- This case is regarding the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.
- Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra was the co-accused in this case.
- Lalu Yadav was named in the CBI’s charge sheet in July 1997. As the pressure kept mounting, Lalu Yadav gave up the Chief Minister post but didn’t forget to reinstate his wife as the chief minister of Bihar.
- Shockingly, in 2000, Lalu Yadav’s party once again won the election and with the help of Congress and JMM, Rabri Devi once again became the Cheif Minister of Bihar.
- A charge sheet was filed against 38 persons on October 27, 1997. Among the accused,eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07.
Who exposed the ‘Fodder Scam’ of Lalu Yadav?
In the year 1996, the scam was exposed by the Deputy Commissioner Amit Khare. When he conducted raids on the offices of the Animal Husbandry Department and seized documents which showed siphoning of funds by non-existent companies in the name of supplying fodder.
On June 23, 1997, sixty-three cases were registered under IPC Sections 420 (forgery) and 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) and Section 13 (b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
“We trust and respect the judiciary. We won’t let the BJP’s conspiracies work. Jaisa 2G mein hua, Ashok Chavan ka hua vaisa hi humara bhi hoga (What happened in 2G scam and Ashok Chavan (Adarsh Housing scam) cases, the same will happen in my case)”. This was what Lalu Yadav had to say ahead of the verdict.
Lalu Yadav’s conviction will certainly grab some political mudslinging!!!
“Media Games: Morning-Shekhar Gupta article that Certain castes get convicted & upper caste escapes. Afternoon: Lalu Prasad Yadav Convicted & his party says conspiracy against caste. Shame!” This was how an advocate tweeted.
Morning-Shekhar Gupta article that Certain castes get convicted & upper caste escapes.
Afternoon- Lalu Prasad Yadav Convicted & his party says conspiracy against caste.
— Ishkaran Singh Bhandari (@Ish_Bhandari) December 23, 2017
Few others said truth prevailed, “Sathyamev Jayathe”.
सत्यमेव जयते! #JailForLalu
— Shubhrastha (@Shubhrastha) December 23, 2017
Will Lalu’s family follow him? “The only fitting punishment for Laalu would be to lock him up in Andaman & Nicobar, with his sons & daughters joining him every subsequent year”, tweeted a Twitterati and this argument holds water as Lalu Yadav’s daughter is also facing the problem. Yes, ED filed charge sheet against Lalu Yadav’s daughter in money laundering case, today.
The only fitting punishment for Laalu would be to lock him up in Andman & Nicobar, with his sons & daughters joining him every subsequent year. #FodderScam
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) December 23, 2017