A special CBI court today convicted 58 fodder scam accused, including seven women, for fraudulently withdrawing over Rs 8 crore from Chaibasa Treasury in the early 1990s.
Delivering the verdict, the court of R R Tripathy also acquitted three accused in the RC 49A/96 case. Former Animal Husbandry officials R N Barman, Kameshwar Prasad Singh, Audhesh Kumar Singh and N R Prasad Sinha were sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment and were slapped a fine between Rs 50,000 and Rs one lakh by the court.
The court also pronounced equal prison term against nineteen fodder suppliers, including the seven women, while imposing a fine ranging up to Rs 4.5 lakh. The court would pronounce the quantum of sentence against the rest 35 tomorrow.