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Key facts in the fodder scam case

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 30, 2013
First Published: 10:23 IST(30/9/2013) | Last Updated: 11:52 IST(30/9/2013)

A CBI court on Monday was set to deliver its much-awaited verdict in the fodder scam case that will not only decide the fate of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, the main accused, but also shape the future of Bihar politics.

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Here are key facts about the case

CBI’s allegations:

Lalu and former MLA and chairman of the public accounts committee (PAC) Jagdish Sharma with a view to protect and patronize the scamsters worked in tandem to get enquirers scuttled and stalled whenever such issues were raised.

Lalu was instrumental in promoting and extending service to scam kingpins and AHD officials, Late Dr Ram Raj Ram and Late Dr SB Sinha.

Huge withdrawal was made in 1994-95. Against the budgetary allocation of Rs. 74 crore for AHD, about Rs. 245 crore was withdrawn.

Lalu has close associations with accused suppliers DN Kashyap, Mohammad Sayeed among others.

Being the CM, Lalu never initiated any action to find out the cause of such alarming excess withdrawals from AHD and thus actively connived with -- finance minister, Chandra Prasad Verma; Vidya Sagar Nishad, Late Bhola Ram Toofani, cabinet ministers of AHD; Beck Julius, Mahesh Prasad, K Arumugam, Phool Chand Singh, AHD Secretaries -- to facilitate the fraud.

20% of the billed amount goes to suppliers and 80% goes to AHD officials, government officials, ministers, CM and other politicians.  

Lalu's contentions:

"I have been targeted."

"None of the prosecution witnesses (350) ever mentioned my involvement in their testimony."

Persons who were accused in original FIR were made witnesses after filing of chargesheet.

Supplier Deepesh Chandak who lapped about Rs. 300 crore out of the total Rs. 550 crore scam money, was made prime witness by CBI.

CBI made the wrongdoers the approvers (witnesses), while making whistleblower (Lalu) accused.

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