Patna, Oct : A day after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted in connection with in the multi-crore fodder scam case, his wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi on Tuesday said that her husband has been framed in this case without any substantial proof.
“Laluji has been framed, and there was no proof of his guilt. We will approach higher courts. All parties in the country have dynastic politics in them,” she said.
Earlier on Monday, A CBI designated court declared Lalu Prasad Yadav guilty in a case related to the Rs. 950 crore fodder scam.
The judgement is a major blow for Yadav, who faces immediate disqualification as a Member of Parliament and won’t be allowed to contest elections for six years. The court said that it will announce the sentence on the RJD supremo on Oct er 3.
Yadav moved the Jharkhand High Court and later the Supreme Court, seeking change of the judge in the case. Both the courts dismissed his petition, and directed him to complete argument in the case before the CBI court.
Yadav had in his petition alleged that trial court judge P K Singh was biased against him as he is a relative of P K Shahi, Education Minister in the Nitish Kumar Government in Bihar, “who is his (Yadav’s) biggest political enemy”.
The case pertains to alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa Treasury in the 1990s. The FIR was lodged by Bihar government in February 1996 but the case was transferred to CBI a month later.
CBI had investigated the scam for a year and the charge sheet was filed in 1997. The charges were framed in 2000 following which the Special CBI court commenced trial against Lalu Yadav and 44 other accused.
The fodder scam also known as “Chara Ghotala” involved the siphoning of funds from the Bihar Government treasury. The alleged theft spanned over several years, and many Bihar state government administrative and elected officials across multiple administrations were allegedly engaged in it.
Additionally, there are also allegations that they were involved in the fabrication of “vast herds of fictitious livestock” for which fodder, medicines and animal husbandry equipment was supposedly procured.
The fodder scam was unearthed in Bihar in 1996 when Lalu Prasad was the Chief Minister of the state. He had resigned from the post in 1997 after a court issued an arrest warrant against him in connection with one of the cases. (ANI)