A special CBI court in Ranchi convicted former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in one of the six fodder scam cases on Saturday. Lalu, alongwith 15 others, has been found guilty while former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and five others were acquitted in the case. The sentencing will be on January 3, 2018.
The fodder scam is a collective term for a set of 64 cases, of which 53 were litigated in Ranchi. It all began in 1985, when then CAG T.N. Chaturvedi sniffed out a possible embezzlement of funds from the Bihar Treasury and various departments. The CAG noticed delay in monthly account submissions from the State and also noted small scale false expense reports. Ten years later, the ‘small scale’ embezzlements added up to Rs. 900 crore. On September 30, 2013, he was held guilty in the first. The five-year prison sentence he got disqualified him from Parliament and he was banned from contesting elections.