RJD Chief Lalu Yadav Convicted in Fourth Case Related to Fodder Scam

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav (center) at Ranchi court (file photo from Dec. 2017).

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Ranchi: In yet another setback for the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and his vast political family, former Chief Minister of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted in a fourth case related to the multi-crore rupees fodder scam by a special CBI judge in Ranchi on Monday.

Shiv Pal Singh, the CBI judge, found the RJD chief and 18 others guilty in the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 3.13 crore from Dumka Treasury in the early parts of the '90s.

The judge, however, acquitted another former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra, who has already been convicted in two other cases related to fodder scam, and 12 others in this case.

Yadav and 18 others were convicted under various sections of the criminal law including 120 B (Criminal Conspiracy), 409 (Misappropriation), 420 (Cheating), 467 (Forgery), 468 (Forgery with Intent to Cheat), 471 (using Forged Documents), and a host of other charges.

The RJD chief, who has been in prison for nearly three months now, was earlier hospitalized after his blood pressure shot up along with his sugar level. While he was present in the court today for the hearing, he was escorted back to the hospital where he remains under treatment.

The punishment phase begins on March 21 when the judge will hear arguments from both sides. Earlier, he was sentenced to 13.5 years in prison.

Yadav and other accused in the case face two more cases related to the Fodder Scam.

His family members have accused the NDA government at the Center of launching a witch-hunt against the party chief and other members of his family.

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