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Fodder Scam haunts RJD chief Lalu Yadav

Fodder Scam haunts RJD chief Lalu Yadav

The Supreme Court has ordered that a separate trial be conducted on each charge against Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fodder scam. Supreme Court announced its verdict on a plea by the CBI challenging the 2014 Jharkhand High Court order which had dropped the charges of criminal conspiracy and breach of trust. The court has also ordered that the case should be fast tracked and concluded within 9 months. Lalu Yadav has had a massive set back 2 days ago when audio tapes were released which showed Lalu taking instructions from jailed mafia don Shahabuddin on police deployment. Shahabuddin was caught with weapons which were made in Pakistan and is a member of the RJD which is headed by Lalu Prasad Yadav.

The fodder scam refers to the embezzlement of about Rs 950 crores from the government treasury of the erstwhile undivided state of Bihar. Among those implicated in the scam were the then Chief Minister of Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav, as well as former Chief Minister, Jagannath Mishra. The scandal led to the end of Lalu's rule as the Chief Minister in 1997 when he was forced to step down after his name surfaced after CBI investigations.. There were 56 accused in the case and Lalu Yadav and Jagannath Mishra are accused in 5 cases. Charges against the accused were framed by CBI on 5th April 2000. By the time prosecution closed its arguments, 350 witnesses had been examined. In 2013 lalu Yadav was granted a sentence of 5 years after which he became ineligible to hold public office for a period of these 5 years and 6 additional years after completion of the sentence. With this supreme court verdict it would be safe to assume that the political career of Lalu Yadav is now almost over.

What needs to be seen is how long Nitish Kumar led JDU continues with their alliance with the Lalu Yadav led RJD in Bihar.

Posted On : 08-May-2017

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