Fodder Scam: Verdict in forth case against Lalu Prasad today

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The judgement in the Dumka fodder scam has been deferred. RJD supporters in huge number from Bihar and Jharkhand arrived at RIMS on hearing the news.

The media was prohibited from entering the hospital for security reasons while the hospital administration refused to divulge anything about Lalu's health.

Doctors at Birsa Munda Central Jail, where Lalu is now lodged after being convicted in two fodder scam cases by a special CBI court, referred him to RIMS.

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Lalu has already been convicted in three fodder scam cases and he is presently in the Birsa Munda prison.

Also, Lalu, the prime accused and at whose behest the court made former A-G Bihar P K Mukhopadhyay as an accused in the case yesterday, was admitted to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) after he made pile related complaints to the jail authorities.

The case is related to an alleged withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury over two decades ago against Lalu Yadav and Jagannath Mishra. Special CBI court judge S S Prasad had earlier convicted Lalu and 50 other accused in the case, which pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa treasury in 1992-1993. Lalu was convicted in three fodder cases while Jagannath Mishra was convicted in two fodder cases. Mishra was earlier acquitted in the second fodder scam case on December 23 past year along with five others.

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The RJD chief was convicted by a special CBI court in the second case on December 23, 2017, and awarded three-and-half years' imprisonment.

The over Rs 900-crore fodder scam cases relate to illegal withdrawal of money from government treasury in different districts in the animal husbandry department in undivided Bihar in 1990s when RJD was in power in the state. The RJD supremo is now in Ranchi's Birsa Munda prison where he is serving a 13.5-year prison term.

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