4-7 years imprisonment for 41 accused in fodder scam

Ranchi, Jan 18: A special CBI court Wednesday awarded four to seven years rigorous imprisonment to 41 people convicted in a fodder scam case and slapped fines of Rs.200,000 to Rs.30 lakhs on them.

Special CBI court judge P.K. Singh pronounced the quantum of sentence.

There were 73 accused in the case. Nine died during the trial and three turned CBI approvers.

The court Monday convicted 61 people and sentenced 20 of them to one to three years imprisonment and fined them between Rs.30,000 and Rs.300,000. The sentences against the remaining 41 were pronounced Wednesday.

The CBI had filed a chargesheet in 2001 and charges were framed in 2004.

The multi-million Animal Husbandry Department (AHD)scam surfaced in the late 1990s, when Jharkhand was a part of Bihar. Sixty-one cases were filed in the scam and 53 were transferred to Jharkhand after it was carved out from Bihar in 2000. The CBI courts have so far passed judgment in 39 cases.

Two former Bihar Chief Ministers, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra, are accused in five cases. Their trial is underway in different CBI courts.

IANS