Conviction of Lalu Prasad Yadav for Corruption in the Case of Chaibasa Treasury
RJD chief and the former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav has been convicted for the third fodder scam case - the Chaibasa treasury. Special CBI court judge SS Prasad also gave the order for the conviction of another former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra in the case. Currently, Mr. Yadav is serving a Jail term of 3.5 years in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central Jail for his conviction in the second fodder case.
The case deals with the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa treasury (which was in Bihar before Partition) in 1992-1993 when Mr. Yadav was the chief minister of Bihar. It was alleged that the amount was withdrawn on fake allotment letters. The actual sanction of the amount was Rs 7.10 lakh.
The RJD chief is quite famous for the state of lawlessness which reigned in Bihar during his tenure. The fodder scam first turned heads in 1996 when Deputy Commissioner Amit Khare raided the offices of the animal husbandry department and seized documents that showed the siphoning of funds by non-existent companies in the name of supplying fodder. BJP state unit chief Sushil Modi filed a PIL in the Patna High Court demanding a CBI inquiry in the case, owing to discrepancies in the treasury bills coming out time to time. The case was handed over to CBI in 1997 which in turn named Lalu Yadav and 56 others accused in the case.
Mr. Yadav is facing trial in all 6 cases of fodder scam. he was convicted in the first case in the year 2013 and was barred from contesting election for 6-years. Later he got bail from a higher court. The decision in rest of the cases is expected to be delivered later this month.
The Fodder Scam has been in news for 21 years now like a blot on democracy and one of the biggest corruption cases depicting the rotten bureaucracy of our country.