RJD chief Lalu Prasad faces verdict in third fodder scam case


NEW DELHI: RJD chief Lalu Prasad faces judgement in the third case of the fodder scam on Wednesday. A special CBI court in Ranchi will deliver its verdict in the case that sees another Bihar Chief Minister, Jagannath Mishra, also accused.

This case pertains to the alleged fraudulent withdrawal from the Chaibasa treasury in the early 1990s. An amount of about Rs 33.7 crore was allegedly drawn against a sanction amount of just Rs 7.1 lakh.

Apart from Lalu and Mishra, 54 others are convicted in the case. The judgment is to be pronounced by Judge SS Prasad.Lalu Prasad has already been convicted in two previous cases in the fodder scam, while Mishra was convicted in the first case.

Lalu Prasad is presently lodged in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda jail. He had been convicted in the second fodder scam case on December 23, following which the court had handed him a three-and-a-half year sentence along with a fine of Rs 5 lakh on January 6.

This was his second conviction in the fodder scam, related to the fraudulent overnight withdrawal of about Rs 90 lakh from a government treasury in Deoghar, then in undivided Bihar.