Fodder Scam: Lalu Appears Before Special CBI Court in Ranchi

Yadav’s counsel had asked the court for him to be exempted from a personal appearance, but the plea was rejected.

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File photo of  Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. (Photo: Reuters)

Former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad Yadav appeared before a special CBI court in Ranchi on Friday in connection with the multi-crore fodder scam case.

Yadav’s counsel had earlier asked the court for him to be exempted from a personal appearance at the hearing, but the plea was rejected.

A CNN-News18 report said that the court will hear the case related to illegal withdrawal of Rs 95 lakh from Deogarh treasury.

The senior leader flew to Ranchi on Friday morning.

Former chief minister Jagannatha Mishra, who is also an accused, was allowed to be represented by his lawyer on health grounds.

On 8 May, the Supreme Court set aside Jharkhand High Court’s order by which trial against Lalu and other accused were stayed after conviction in one of the fodder scam cases.

The fodder scam pertains to the alleged fraudulent withdrawal of around Rs 1,000 crore by the Animal Husbandry department from various districts when Yadav was the chief minister of Bihar between 1990 and 1997.

Yadav was convicted by a special CBI court in Ranchi in October 2013 and was given a sentence of five years in jail in one of the fodder scam cases. He then moved the Jharkhand High Court challenging the CBI court’s verdict.

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