RJD cries political vendetta in Lalu Prasad's conviction in fodder scam case

Ranchi RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav arrives at a special CBI court in Ranchi on Saturday for a hearing into the fodder scam case

Ranchi RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav arrives at a special CBI court in Ranchi on Saturday for a hearing into the fodder scam case

Hearing was completed on December 13 in a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court of Ranchi.

The CBI's retired Joint Director (east) Upen Biswas, who had relentlessly pursued Lalu Prasad and others accused in the fodder scam, on Saturday said the case was "so strong" that the former Bihar Chief Minister as others named in the scam were certain to be punished in one case or another under it. But Lalu had been assigned the railway ministry in the crucial UPA era, as a reward for RJD's staunch loyalty to the Sonia Gandhi-led coalition of secular parties, with Manmohan Singh as the prime minister.

The special court acquitted 80-year-old Jagannath Mishra and five others - former Public Accounts Committee chairman Druv Bhagat, former Indian Revenue Service officer AC Choudhary, fodder suppliers Saraswati Chandra and Sadhana Singh and former minister Vidya Sagar Nishad.

In 2013, after spending three months in the same jail in relation to the fodder scam case, Lalu had moved out of jail premises riding an elephant.

"Kind of evidences we have, we'll get redressal at a higher court".

Jha accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of foisting criminal cases on Yadav and said that they would challenge the verdict in a higher court. Case for money laundering was also instituted.

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Lalu Prasad and other convicts were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the verdict.

Lalu Prasad was sent to Birsa Munda Central Jail.

Lalu Prasad who arrived at the court along with his younger son, Tejashwi Yadav said he was confident of getting acquitted in the fodder scam case.

Union Health Minister and BJP leader JP Nadda was quoted saying that Lalu Yadav was not accepting the verdict and was instead resorting to blaming the BJP. "Whatever is the judgment, I appeal to people of Bihar to maintain peace and law and order", Lalu Prasad said while interacting with the media here.

Lalu has already been convicted in the Chaibasa treasury case and is out on bail. The whole conspiracy is based on a political vendetta.

Altogether, there were 34 accused in the case, out of which 11 died during the course of the trial and one turned CBI approver and admitted the crime.

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