In yet another setback for the RJD supremo and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, a special CBI court has convicted him in the fourth case of multi-crore fodder scam related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs3.13 crore from Dumka treasury in 1990s.
Judge Shiv Pal Singh acquitted former chief minister Jagannath Mishra in the same case. The case RC 38A/96 pertains to illegal withdrawal of money from Dumka treasury.
The quantum of punishment in the case would be pronounced later. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief has been convicted in four cases of fodder scam so far.
The scandal came to light in 1996 following a raid conducted by the Deputy Commissioner of Chaibasa, Amit Khare, at the Bihar Animal Husbandry Department.
Adding to Lalu’s woes is that a special CBI court will soon pronounce its judgment in the fifth fodder scam (Doranda treasury) case in the coming months. The case relates to fraudulent withdrawal of around Rs. 47.5 crore from the Doranda Treasury in the 1990s.