Lalu Prasad Yadav convicted in 5th fodder scam case
Yadav was convicted in the controversial Fodder Scam, and was serving a term until 17 April 2021, when he was granted bail from the Jharkhand High Court in the corruption scandal.
Ranchi: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has been convicted of fraudulent withdrawal from Doranda treasury in the Rs 139.5 crore Doranda treasury embezzlement case by a CBI Special Court in Ranchi on Tuesday. The quantum of punishment to him is yet to be pronounced.
Lalu Yadav has now been convicted in all five fodder scam cases in which he was named as a conspirator.
The court had on January 29 completed hearing arguments in the case and reserved its verdict.
Sanjay Kumar, the defence lawyer in the Doranda treasury case, said, "36 people have been given a jail term of three years each by a CBI Special Court in Ranchi. Lalu Prasad Yadav has been convicted."
Yadav's lawyer Prabhat Kumar, said, "We have given an application in the court, seeking instruction to jail authorities to shift him (Lalu Prasad Yadav) to RIMS, Ranchi on the ground of his poor health. The court will hear the application at 2 pm today".
Reacting to the verdict, former Bihar Deputy CM & BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, said, "We are the ones who brought this matter to light. We approached Patna High Court, demanding a CBI inquiry. I am happy that those who looted Bihar are being punished. Lalu Yadav is no longer relevant in the politics of Bihar."
Yadav was convicted in the controversial Fodder Scam, and was serving a term until 17 April 2021, when he was granted bail from the Jharkhand High Court in the corruption scandal. The court granted bail to him in the Dumka treasury case, in which he was convicted of withdrawing Rs 3.13 crore from the treasury in Jharkhand's Dumka, formerly in Bihar.
He is Yadav is one of the first noted politicians to lose a parliamentary seat on being arrested in fodder scam as per Supreme Court decision banning convicted legislators to hold their posts.
(With agency inputs)