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42 convicted in fodder scam case

india Updated: Aug 25, 2009 21:55 IST

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A special CBI court on Tuesday convicted 42 persons in a case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 13.69 crore from the Gumla Treasury by submitting fake invoices in the 1990s.

The case is related to the infamous fodder scam.

The court handed out three year prison terms to eleven convicts and fined them between Rs 50,000 and Rs 25 lakh.

The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence against the remaining 31 tomorrow.

Delivering the judgement, the court of AH Ansari acquitted two other accused, ex-Animal Husbandry official
Sunil Kumar Sinha and supplier Ajay Verma.

Among the convicts are former regional directors of the AHD Junul Bhengraj, K N Jha, former assistant director
Dr KM Prasad and former travelling veterinary official KB Lal.

The remaining convicts are low-ranking government employees and fodder suppliers. This is 34th of the 53 cases related to the fodder scam which has ended in conviction.

The Rs 950 crore scam was unearthed during RJD supremo Lalu Prasad's chief ministerial term in 1996. Prasad is also facing trial in five fodder scam cases.