Fodder scam verdict: BJP conspiring against me, confident of exoneration, says Lalu

Lalu Prasad Yadav (PHOTO: Facebook)

Ahead of CBI court’s verdict in a case of fodder scam against him, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday said that the BJP government was conspiring against him and that he was confident of being exonerated.

“I have full faith in judiciary. I will be acquitted I am confident. This is a big conspiracy against me by the BJP,” Lalu told reporters in Ranchi.

He also asked his supporters to maintain calm.


“Whatever be the judgment, appeal to people of Bihar to maintain law and order,” he said.

Meanwhile, his son Tejashwi Yadav expressed confidence that his father will be acquitted in the case to be heard by a special CBI court.

“The BJP is conspiring against Lalu ji. This is the dirty and below the belt politics of the BJP. We trust the judiciary and hope the verdict will be in our favor,” Tejashwi said.

“Just like BJP propaganda was busted in 2G Scam and Adarsh Scam, similar will happen now,” he added.

The special CBI court will decide the fate of two former Chief Ministers of Bihar — Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra — in a case of fodder scam.

Lalu, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief, reached Ranchi on Friday evening, along with his son Tejashwi Yadav to hear the verdict in the case which relates to embezzling of over Rs. 85 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

The RJD chief has already been convicted in another fodder scam case that cost him his Lok Sabha seat and disqualified him from contesting elections.

According to a lawyer, hearing in the multi-million fodder scam case, which relates to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakh from Deoghar district treasury, was completed on December 13 in a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court of Ranchi.

Special CBI judge Shivapal Singh fixed December 23 for pronouncing the judgment and asked all the accused to remain present in the court on that day.

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

Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra have already been convicted in another fodder scam case and they are out on bail.