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Special CBI court to announce quantum of punishment on Lalu Yadav over fodder scam case

A special CBI court in Ranchi, which had held former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav guilty in the second fodder scam case, will announce the quantum of punishment on Wednesday. The court is expected to commence at 10.30am.

On December 23, Yadav and 15 others, were held guilty of fraudulent withdrawals of Rs 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district treasury between 1990 and 1994, when Yadav was the Chief Minister of then undivided Bihar.

The court held him guilty under Sections 420 and 120 (B) of the IPC and Section 13 (2) of the PC Act. Former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra and five others have been acquitted in the case.

The multi-crore fodder scam, also known as “chara ghotala” pertained to fraudulent withdrawals from government treasury in the name of cattle feed and medicines and equipment for animal husbandry, but all expenses were found to be fake in a probe by the CBI.

Lalu, who is presently lodged at Ranchi’s Birsa Munda jail, was was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail in the first fodder scam case. Sources said Lalu’s lawyer will seek for minimum punishment citing his ailing health conditions.

The party is waiting for the sentence, following which a meeting has been convened on January 6, to decide the future strategies. A senior RJD leader said Lalu’s son and former deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav will read out a letter from Lalu at the meet.

Meanwhile, Lalu’s counsel has moved the special CBI court in Patna for issuing production warrant for him in one of the fodder scam cases related to Bhagalpur treasury in Bihar, the only case of fodder scam being tried in Bihar.

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