48 convicted, nine sent to jail in fodder scam case
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi on Tuesday convicted 48 people in a case related to the infamous multi-million rupee fodder scam in Bihar's animal husbandry department and sentenced nine of them to three years of rigorous imprisonment.
Special CBI judge Pankaj Kumar passed the judgement in the case regarding fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 110.9 million from the Doranda treasury in the early 1990s.
The court for having withdrawn money from the treasury by producing fake bills convicted all the 48 accused. Nine, including four women, were sentenced to three years in jail.
The quantum of sentence for the others will be announced July 2.
The CBI in relation to the fodder scam, which surfaced in 1996, lodged sixty-one cases. Of them, 53 were transferred to Jharkhand after it was carved out of Bihar in November 2000.
According to CBI sources, government officials swindled more than Rs 9.5 billion in the name of fodder with help of fake suppliers and politicians.
Till now, special CBI courts have pronounced their judgements in 30 cases and more than 230 accused have been convicted.
Former railway minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad and former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra were accused in five fodder scam cases.