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CBI court convicts 70 in fodder scam

Ranchi, May 3: A CBI special court today convicted 70 accused and acquitted 16 in one of the fodder scam cases registered with it, sentencing 29 to prison terms ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 5 lakh and slapped penalties between Rs 10,000 and Rs 5 lakh.

An FIR was registered in March 2005 in connection with the case (RC 31A/96), which involved fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 47.17 crore from the Doranda treasury.

Those convicted today included 23 government officials. The remaining 47 are suppliers. On the other hand, nine government employees and seven private suppliers were acquitted. As many as 41 will be sentenced on May 7.

Speaking to The Telegraph, special public prosecutor of the CBI S.K. Lal said, ďThere were 111 accused in the case which was handed over to the CBI following a Supreme Court directive in March 1996. Out of the 111, 22 died, one turned approver and two pleaded guilty. As a result, the number of remaining accused who faced trial was 86.Ē

The government officials who were convicted by the special court included regional directors of the animal husbandry department of undivided Bihar K.N. Jha and Junul Bhengraj, assistant director K.M. Prasad and joint director Radha Raman Sahay.

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