Fodder scam case: CBI court summons Lalu Prasad on June 9
The CBI had booked RJD chief Lalu Prasad in 1996 in six fodder scam cases related to fraudulent withdrawal of animal husbandry department (AHD) funds from different government treasuries during 1990-1995.india Updated: May 30, 2017 21:34 IST
A special CBI court in Ranchi has summoned Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on June 9 to communicate to him the revival of conspiracy and other charges against him in a fodder scam case.
Special judge Shivpal Singh issued the summons following the Supreme Court’s May 8 order reinstating conspiracy and other charges against Prasad in a fodder scam case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 90 lakh from the Deoghar treasury.
The case is at the final argument stage and the CBI is expecting judgment in a couple of months.
Prasad had suffered a major jolt in the fodder scam case on September 30, 2013 when a trial court in Ranchi held him guilty in the first of six cases against him. The conviction got him five years in prison, disqualification from Parliament and a ban on contesting elections. He was given bail by the SC in December that year.
Soon after his conviction, Prasad had challenged the remaining five pending cases on the ground that the CBI levelled same allegations in all the cases and was banking on the same set of evidences to prove the allegations. He had contended that no one should be put on trial twice for the same offence citing a constitutional provision.
Responding to Prasad’s petition, the Jharkhand High Court on November 14, 2014, had quashed all major charges including the conspiracy charge levelled against him in the aforesaid Deoghar treasury case.
The CBI, however, had filed an appeal against the high court’s order in the Supreme Court, which on May 8 had set aside the HC’s order and revived all charges against the former Bihar chief minister.
The CBI in 1996 had booked Prasad in six fodder scam cases related to fraudulent withdrawal of animal husbandry department (AHD) funds from different government treasuries during 1990-1995. The fraud was allegedly carried out by documents purporting to show fictitious amounts of money spent on medicines and fodder for cattle.