Ranchi: Lalu Prasad Yadav pronounced guilty in Fodder scam (Dumka Treasury) case by Ranchi court on Monday. The judgment in the fourth fodder scam case against former Bihar chief minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has been announced.
This is the fourth case against the RJD chief related to the Dumka Treasury scam. Yadav has been previously convicted in other fodder scam cases and he is currently serving jail sentences. The judgment will be announced by a court in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
The court today heard a case related to Rs. 3.13 crore swindled from the Dumka treasury between December 1995 and January 1996. Besides Lalu Yadav and Jagannath Mishra, 30 others are accused in this case.
Because of his conviction, he can’t contest elections or hold public office for years. In his absence, his son Tejashwi Yadav has led the party and was seen to prove himself up to the task when the RJD retained two key seats in Bihar bypolls.
Lalu Yadav’s lawyers say he had expected relief in the Dumka treasury case because another chief minister had been acquitted.
Lalu Prasad was convicted in the first fodder scam case in 2013 and sentenced to jail for five years. The RJD chief was convicted in a second case on December 23, 2017, and sentenced to three-and-half years in jail. In a third case, he was sentenced to jail for five years; this one was related to money swindled from the Chaibasa treasury.