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CBI issues warrant against Lalu

Lalu Prasad at the CBI court in Ranchi on Wednesday. 
Picture by Prashant Mitra

Patna: A special CBI court in Patna on Wednesday issued a production warrant against RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and eight others in connection with the multi-crore fodder scam.

Special CBI judge Devraj Tripathi ordered the production warrant against all the nine accused in the case.

Lalu Pasad Yadav is now in Birsa Munda Central Jail in Jharkhand after being convicted in another fodder scam case in Jharkhand. The Patna fodder scam case relates to illegal withdrawal of Rs 46.98 lakh from Bhagalpur and Banka treasuries from 1994 to 1996. The court has directed the superintendent of Birsa Munda Central Jail to insure Lalu is produced in the special CBI court on January 10.

Trial in the case is being hampered as the nine accused have not been produced in court. The prosecution has already produced 75 witnesses and their statements were recorded accordingly.

The court on Tuesday admitted the prosecution's plea to issue a warrant of production against the nine accused.

The defence had also agreed to the CBI counsel's plea. Trial in the case is proceeding on a day-to-day basis. A total of 44 accused persons have been made accused. Of these 15 died during trial and one accused turned approver.

The CBI registered the case on May 15, 1996, under Sections 120B, 420,416, 467, 468, 471, 477A, 409 and 34 of IPC and Sections 13 (2) r/w 13(1) (c) and (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

The chargesheet was filed on Mach 31, 2003, against 44 accused.

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