Lalu convicted in fodder scam; Jagannath Mishra acquitted

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav arrives at a special court in Ranchi on Saturday for a hearing into the fodder scam case. PTI Picture.

Ranchi, Dec. 23 (PTI): A special court on Friday convicted former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a fodder scam case while acquitting six including another former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra.

Judge Shivpal Singh of the court handling cases of the Central Bureau of Investigation, pronounced the verdict in a packed courtroom in the case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

Lalu Prasad, the chief of Rashtriya Janta Dal, and other convicts were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the verdict.

A charge sheet was filed against 38 persons on October 27, 1997. Eleven of them died during the hearings and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said. 


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