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Fodder scam convicts get prison term

A special CBI court sentences 11 convicts to up to 7 yrs RI for fraudulent withdrawal of money from a treasury.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2007 16:11 IST

A special CBI court on Tuesday sentenced 11 convicted in a fodder scam case to rigorous imprisonment for up to seven years for the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 55.55 lakh from the Godda treasury.

The court of Judge Manoranjan Kavi sentenced former regional director of the Animal Husbandry Department in Dumka, Omprakash Diwakar, and another AHD official, Ajit Kumar, to rigorous imprisonment for seven years.

A fine of Rs 75,000 was slapped on Diwakar and a fine of Rs 2.75 lakh on Kumar.

Rakesh Kumar Sinha (treasury officer), Balkrishna Dubey (accounts officer), Bhanukar Dubey (assistant treasury officer) and Brajbhushan Prasad (budget-accounts officer) were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for four years and fined amounts ranging between Rs 1.25 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh.

Supplier Rajesh Kumar Sinha was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for six years and ordered to pay a fine of Rs 1.5 lakh while other suppliers -- Tripurari Mohan Prasad, Sushil Kumar, Naresh Prasad and Brajesh Kumar Sinha -- received jail terms of four years and fined between Rs 55,000 and Rs 1.5 lakh.

In case they fail to pay the fines, the convicts, who were sentenced on June eight, will have to undergo simple imprisonment for an additional three months.

The case was the 20th one to be concluded of the 53 fodder scam cases.

First Published: Jun 12, 2007 15:22 IST