The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi on Tuesday awarded three to six years' jail terms to eight people found guilty in the multi-million rupee fodder scam of 1996.
The special court had on Monday found the four government officials and four suppliers guilty in the case related to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.90 million from the Dumka treasury and the quantum of sentence was announced a day later.
The officials have been sentenced to six years' jail and fined Rs 50,000 each, while two of the suppliers have been awarded four years' sentence and a fine of Rs 50,000 each. The rest have been sentenced to jail for three years and fined Rs 30,000 each.
Out of the 12 accused in the case, two died during the trial, one is still absconding and one supplier was acquitted, as the court did not find any substantial evidence against him.
This is the 14th case related to the scam in which the special CBI court passed the judgement.
After the fodder scam—involving financial irregularities in the purchase of fodder for the government—surfaced in 1996, the Patna High Court had ordered a CBI inquiry in it.
While 63 cases were lodged in connection with the scam, 41 of them were transferred to Jharkhand after it was carved out of Bihar in 2000.
Railway Minister Lalu Prsdad is an accused in five cases.