Dumka, Oct. 1: Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, pronounced guilty in one of the fodder cases by a special CBI court in Ranchi yesterday, may take a cue from this historic judgment to apprehend what lies ahead for him.
The RJD chief, who is currently lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail, can also be convicted in five other fodder scam cases — four in Jharkhand and one in Bihar — which are at different stages of trial.
Two of these pending cases are from Santhal Pargana — RC38/96 and RC64/96. While RC38/96 pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.3 crore from Dumka treasury, RC64/96 is about the misappropriation of Rs 38 lakh from Deoghar treasury in the early 1990s.
The charges Lalu and another former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra face in the two cases are similar to RC 20A/96 related to Chaibasa treasury, the verdict for which was passed yesterday.
“Lalu and Mishra face charges under Prevention of Corruption Act and various sections of the IPC. These are more or less like the Chaibasa treasury case. Chances of their conviction in these two cases are high, which is evident from the yesterday’s judgment,” pointed out a senior lawyer of Dumka court.
After the formation of Jharkhand, Lalu and Mishra had visited Dumka for trials of the two cases at a CBI court.