The multi-crore fodder scam has finally caught up with Lalu Prasad, after several twists and turns. Ashok Mishra examines the case that unravelled Bihar’s messiah.
Five months before the special CBI court in Ranchi pronounced former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad guilty in a fodder scam case, the CBI quietly transferred four key fodder scam investigators — Deputy SP’s AK Jha, BK Singh, Dasrath Murmoo and Ashesh Kumar.
Stung by the fodder scam, the animal husbandry department has moved from pen and paper, to click and portal. Department officials now upload all financial details on the website.
Several agencies blew the whistle on the Rs 950 crore scam but the powerful netas and bureaucrats, loathe to give up, tried to derail the investigations at several steps.
Jailed RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, sitting JD (U) MP Jagdish Sharma and former MLA RK Rana on Tuesday appeared through video conferencing before a special CBI court in another fodder scam case in Ranchi.
Lalu would have to wait till October 25 if the court does not take up his case on Friday (October 18) as the high court has designated Friday of every week as the day for hearing cases related to the fodder scam.
Putting an end to the uncertainty over the disqualification of MPs Lalu Prasad and Jagdish Sharma, both convicted in the fodder scam case, the law ministry has asked the Lok Sabha secretariat to immediately declare their seats vacant.
RJD president and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, sentenced to five years in jail in a fodder scam case, faces security threats as he leads a life of comfort as a prisoner, Jharkhand Police has said.
JD(U) leader Jagdish Sharma was also disqualified as Lok Sabha MP because of the SC order on immediate disqualification of a lawmaker found guilty in a criminal case.
Lalu Prasad was disqualified from the LS following conviction in the 17-year-old fodder scam on October 3. He has been sentenced to five years of imprisonment. It’s not yet clear who would replace Prasad as the party’s nominee from the Chhapra parliamentary seat, where the RJD has held sway for decades. Anirban Guha Roy reports.
Amidst talk of changing political equations in Bihar after Lalu Prasad’s incarceration in the Rs. 940-crore fodder scam case, the theory has been gaining ground. Paswan, however, maintained that the RJD-LJP alliance remains ‘intact’. He also met RJD leader Rabri Devi to appraise her about his talks with Congress president Sonia Gandhi to work out an RJD-LJP-Congress axis.
Modi's speech at his hunkar (war cry) rally was remarkable for the olive branch he extended to his long-time critic, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his Yadav castemen. He took many by surprise, when he spoke emotionally about Prasad who is lodged in a Ranchi jail after being convicted in a fodder scam case.
Jharkhand high court on Wednesday reserved its order on the bail petition moved by RJD supremo and ex-Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, who is serving a five-year sentence after being convicted in a fodder scam case.
The Jharkhand High Court on Thursday rejected the bail petition of RJD leader Lalu Prasad, who is serving a five-year sentence at the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi after being convicted in a 17-year-old fodder scam case.