A Special CBI court on Wednesday awarded rigorous imprisonment (RI) to 15 convicts, including nine government officers and six suppliers, in fodder scam case no- RC44 (A)/ 96, related to fraudulent withdrawal of over Rs 8.60 crore from a government treasury at Ranchi. The withdrawals were done on the basis of fake bills in between April, 1992 to March 1995.
These 15 persons were among the total 48 accused people who were convicted by the court on December 10. The court has so far awarded different terms of RI to 41 convicts. The sentences to the rest seven convicts would be pronounced on December 17.
Pronouncing sentences, the Special CBI Judge, SK Dubey said, the then regional director of the animal husbandry department (AHD) KN Jha has been given a term of six years RI and a cash fine of Rs 15 lakh.
Three other AHD officers also were awarded six years RI with fine ranging between Rs 10 lakh to 15 lakh. BNP Verma (a fine of Rs 15 lakh), Hemendra Kumar Sinha (Rs 10 lakh) and Dr DP Srivastava (Rs 10 lakh). Three treasury officers KB Thakur (Rs 6 lakh), SK Kashyap (Rs 6 lakh) and Ashok Kumar Singh (Rs 6 lakh) were also given six years RI.
Besides these, the court pronounced five years of RI to AHD officers Dr
Shailendra Bharti and Dr Kameshwar Sahay, imposing a fine of Rs 5.25 lakh on each of them.
The Court slapped different amounts of fine on each of the 15 convicts while imposing a maximum amount of fine of Rs 35 lakh on supplier Ravi Kumar Sinha of A Traders, Patna (Bihar), who had withdrawn huge amount running in crores on the basis of forged bills. Sinha was sentenced to 4-years RI.
The Court sentenced 4-years term of RI to other suppliers namely Sanjay Sinha (with a fine of Rs 10 lakh), Ram Nandan Singh (Rs 15 lakh), Satyendra Kumar Mishra (Rs 16 lakh), Dayanand Prasad Kashyap (Rs 2.5 lakh) and Devendra Kumar Roy (Rs 75,000).
A CBI counsel told Hindustan Times that sentences for the remaining seven accused would be delivered on December 17. The RC 44 (A)/96 is the 34th case, out of total 53 cases of Fodder Scam that was disposed off.