A special CBI court in Ranchi convicted RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fourth case in the Fodder scam. The court acquitted former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra in the same case.
The court of Shivpal Singh was scheduled to pronounce the verdict on Thursday (March 15) but then shifted it for Saturday before again postponing it to Monday as 42 judges from across the state are participating in a two-day training programme being conducted at the judicial academy here.
The hearing in the fodder case, relating to fraudulent withdrawals of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury between December 1995 and January 1996, was completed on March 5.
Besides Lalu Prasad, another former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and 30 others were accused in this case.
As it happened:
Watch video: 4th Fodder Scam Case: Lalu Prasad Yadav convicted by Ranchi court
Convicted: Phoolchand Singh , Lalu Prasad Yadav, Shardendu Kumar Das, Dr Raghnandan Prasad, Raj Kumar Sharma, Radha Mohan Mandal, Pitambar Jha, Pankaj Mohan Bhui, OP Divaker, Naresh Prasad, Nand Kishore Prasad, MS Bedi, Manoranjan, Gopinath Das, KK Prasad,Vimal Kant Das, Ajit Verma, Arun Kumar Singh,
Acquitted: RK Rana, Jagdish Sharma, Mahesh Prasad, Vidya Sagar Nishad, Saraswati Chandra, Svrano, Jagannath Mishra, Dhruv Bhagat, Benu Jha, Adhip Chaudhary,
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01:42 pm: Lalu Yadav returns to Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) to resume his treatment for chest pain in the cardiology department. He was brought to the court for the hearing, although the judge pronounced judgment before he reached the court.
01:35 pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav pronounced guilty in Fodder scam (Dumka Treasury) case by Ranchi court.
01:27 pm: The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment on March 21, today it is announcing the convictions
01:17 pm: Verdict on Lalu Yadav to be delivered after he reaches court. He is being transported by an ambulance.
01:10 pm: Former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra pronounced not guilty in Fodder scam (Dumka Treasury) case by Ranchi court.
01:00 pm: Lalu Yadav, who was likely to skip the hearing today as he is being treated for chest pain in the cardiology department of Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), has left the medical facility for the court.
12:30 pm: Lalu Prasad was convicted in the first fodder scam case in 2013 and awarded five years in jail. The Rashtriya Janata Dal chief was subsequently convicted by a special CBI court in the second case on December 23, 2017, and awarded three-and-half years' imprisonment on January 6. He was convicted in the third case on January 24, related to fraudulent withdrawals from the Chaibasa treasury, and awarded a five-year jail term. He now faces two other cases - one in Ranchi and one in Patna.
12:05 pm: The multi-million-rupee fodder scam surfaced in the 1990s when Lalu Prasad was Chief Minister of undivided Bihar. The probe was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation on Patna High Court's order.
11:30 am: The bulk of the cases were transferred to Ranchi after Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar in 2000.
(With inputs from agencies)