Three to 14 years imprisonment to 37 in a fodder scam

Ranchi, April 18: A Special CBI court of Ranchi on Wednesday pronounced sentence in a fodder scam and awarded three to 14 years imprisonment slapped fine upto Rs 1 crore.

According to a lawyer four officials have been awarded upto 14 years imprisonment and Rs 1 crore. Special CBI judge Shivapal Singh pronounced the sentence on Wednesday.

The CBI court on April 9 had convicted 37 people in a fodder scam  case number RC 45A/96 is related to fraudulent withdrawal of RS 34.91 crore from Dumka from 1991-1992 and 1995-1996. This is the 51 th fodder scam case in which the CBI court has delivered judgment.

The FIR was lodged against 72 people in 1996. The charges were framed against 60 accused in 2004, 14 accused died during trial, two admitted their crime, two are absconding. The CBI court on April 9 had  convicted 37 and acquitted five accused.

The fodder scam came to limelight in 1996 after FIR was lodged against then undivided Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav. Lalu Yadav has been convicted in four cases  and serving sentence. He was awarded 14 years imprisonment on March 23. He is at present in AIMS, New Delhi for treatment.

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