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Fodder Scam haunts Lalu Prasad, gets 5 year jail

By:  Tupaki Desk   |   21 Feb 2022 11:32 AM GMT
Fodder Scam haunts Lalu Prasad, gets 5 year jail
A veteran politician and former Chief Minister was slapped with imprisonment of five years along with a fine of Rs 60 lakh as a fine in a multi-crore case that has been going on for over 25 years. In the end, he was held guilty of the allegations and the court announced him as the convict.

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief, former Chief Minister, and Union Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav was sentenced to five years jail period in connection with the multi-crore fodder scam case, which was unearthed over two decades back in Bihar when it was not bifurcated.

The new development happened after a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court in Jharkhand's Ranchi heard a petition that deals with the case that was filed over the fodder scam on Monday. The hearing in the case was held through video conferencing.

The fodder scam which became a sensation in the country almost cost Lalu Prasad Yadav his political career. As he was accused in the case, Lalu Prasad made his wife Rabri Devi, the Chief Minister of the combined Bihar. This made Rabri Devi the only female Chief Minister of the state.

The scam came to light back in 1985 when the Bihar Veterinary Association had shed light on the scam. Slowly, everyone had started to talk about this and the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) had stepped in and started to dig deeper to get more details in the case.

Going by the preliminary investigation, Lalu Prasad Yadav, the then Chief Minister of undivided Bihar, and former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra. Besides them, a few officials across the departments were also arrested.

It was alleged that the Chief Minister had joined hands with a few key officials and made everyone believe that food, medicines, supplies, and others were purchased for the cattle. However, the money that was shown as expenditure was shifted to other areas.

Now Lalu Prasad Yadav is declared convicted in the case as the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) which is hearing the cases said that the court believes the former Chief Minister had withdrawn money worth Rs 139.35 crore.