New Delhi, March 19: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Monday convicted Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and acquitted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra in the Dumka treasury case, one of the four cases in the Fodder Scam. The quantum of sentence is likely to be pronounced on Friday. Dumka treasury case is related to alleged withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury when Prasad was the chief minister of Bihar. (Also Read: Key Facts And Timeline of Bihar Fodder Scam: Here’s all You Need to Know) Also Read - Ahead of Assembly Polls, Tejashwi Yadav's 'Apology' to People of Bihar | Watch
Reacting to the verdict, RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh hit out at the Modi govt and said,”Ajab hai Narendra Modi aur Nitish ka mel, ajab hai khel, dubara se ho gaya Jagannath Mishra riha, aur Lalu Yadav ko jail. Ek aadmi ko jail, ek aadmi ko bail, ye hai Narendra Modi ka khel. (How did Jagannath Mishra get bail? Lalu Prasad is being targeted by PM Modi and CM Nitish Kumar).” Also Read - Bihar Poster War: On Lalu Yadav's 73rd Birthday, JDU Lists 73 Properties he 'Acquired by Polilitics'
Prasad had already been convicted in three fodder scam cases in 2013, 2017 and 2018 and sentenced to 5, 3.5 and 5 years of imprisonment respectively. His first conviction, on September 30, 2013, was a major blow to him as he faced disqualification from Lok Sabha and a ban on contesting election.
Last year in December, the RJD supremo was convicted in a third fodder scam case and was awarded 3.5 years jail term. On January 24, the special CBI court sentenced Lalu to five years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10 lakh.
The former Bihar CM was kept in the upper division of VIP ward of the Birsa Munda jail in Ranchi.
Earlier on Friday, the special CBI court had made three former bureaucrats of Bihar accountant-general’s office accused in the fodder scam. The court issued summons to former Bihar Accountant General P.K. Mukhopadhyay, former Deputy Accountant General B.N. Jha and former Senior Director General of Accounts Office Pramod Kumar on the request of Lalu, who had sought a trial against the three former bureaucrats.
The fodder scam pertains to the alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar treasury between 1994 and 1996 when the RJD chief was the Bihar chief minister. Overall, the fodder scam is the fraudulent withdrawal of more than Rs 900 crore from the Chaibasa treasury in nearly 20 years.