A special CBI court in Ranchi will on Saturday 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.
Speaking to reporters, he said that he was innocent and that he had “full faith in judiciary”.
“I am not worried. I am calm and have full faith in judiciary. My innocence will be proved,” Lalu told the media.
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.
The trial in two other cases is going on in the special CBI court here.
The trial in three cases of Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra gained momentum in May this year after the Supreme Court directed the special court to complete the trial in nine months.
(With inputs from agencies)