New Delhi, Mar 19: Judgement in the fourth fodder scam case against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav will be pronounced today, March 19, at 2 pm. Hearing in the Dumka fodder scam case was finished on March 5 itself but the judgment has been deferred as Lalu kept filing fresh pleas and also because 42 judges from across the state were participating in a two-day training programme at the judicial academy here. The verdict had to be pronounced by the special CBI court on March 15 earlier but it was postponed to Saturday which was yet again deferred to today. Also Read - Ahead of Assembly Polls, Tejashwi Yadav's 'Apology' to People of Bihar | Watch
Hearing in the fodder case is over counterfeit withdrawals of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury between December 1995 and January 1996. Besides Lalu, former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and 30 others have been found guilty in this case. Also Read - Bihar Poster War: On Lalu Yadav's 73rd Birthday, JDU Lists 73 Properties he 'Acquired by Polilitics'
Lalu was awarded a five-year prison sentence when he was first convicted in the fodder scam case in 2013. The RJD chief was later convicted by a special CBI court in the second case on December 23, 2017, and awarded three-and-half years’ sentence on January 6. On January 24, Lalu was convicted in the third case relating to fraudulent withdrawals from the Chaibasa treasury, and was awarded a five-year jail term. Also Read - Coronavirus: Lalu Yadav to be Granted Parole? 'Have Sought Legal Opinion,' Says Jharkhand CM
Not only this, he is facing two other cases- one in Ranchi and another one in Patna.
The fodder scam came to light in the 1990s when Lalu was Bihar’s Chief Minister. The probe was handed over to the CBI on Patna High Court’s order. The remaining cases were transferred to Ranchi after Jharkhand became a separate state in 2000. The RJD supremo is currently in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda prison where he is serving a 13.5-year prison term.