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Fodder scam: Lalu Yadav gets 7-yr jail term in fourth case

Fodder scam: Lalu Yadav gets 7-yr jail term in fourth case

Charges against Yadav included cheating under IPC Section 420, criminal breach of trust by public servant under Section 409, forgery of valuable security under Section 467, forgery for objective of cheating under Section 468, using a forged document as genuine under section 471, fraudulent cancellation, destruction of will or valuable security under Section 477, and criminal conspiracy under Section 120B.

The RJD chief has also been slapped with fine of Rs. 60 lakh in the case.

In the Dumka case, the court of special CBI judge Shivpal Singh convicted Prasad and 18 others on March 19. The RJD chief Lalu Prasad is now admitted to RIMS hospital due to health concerns.

January, 2018: Lalu is sentenced to 3.5 years in jail by a special court in Ranchi. Besides Lalu, former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and 29 people, including former IAS officers and AHD officials are also accused in the case.

February, 2002: Trial begins in Special CBI court in Jharkhand.

The fodder scam is unearthed after deputy commissioner of Chaibasa, Amit Khare, raids the Animal Husbandry Department.

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The multi-million-rupee fodder scam surfaced in the 1990s when Lalu Yadav was Chief Minister of undivided Bihar.

The fodder scam involves embezzlement of government funds in Bihar in the name of cattle fodder. It was during this period that he disassociated himself from the Janata Dal and formed his own party, the RJD. He is sent to judicial custody while Rabri Devi takes over as CM in his place.

The sentencing comes a couple of months after Lalu was convicted in the second and third cases linked to the fodder scam, being announced a punishment of 3.5-year and 5-year prison terms respectively. Among the 45 other convicts were former chief minister Jagannath Misra.

Seven fodder suppliers were given three-and-a-half years of prison terms and Rs 15 lakh penalty each. Later, he had got bail in the case.

There were 31 accused in this case, of which 19 were convicted and 12 acquitted.