Lalu Yadav was convicted in the fourth fodder scam case against him on Monday, 19 March. The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury between December 1995 and January 1996.
Here is all you need to know about the scam:
The fodder scam was first raked up by the Comptroller General of India (CAG) in 1985.
In 1994, the issue of corruption in Bihar’s Animal Husbandry Department was raised by BJP leaders Saryu Rai, Sushil Modi and Shivanand Tiwari in the state Assembly.
The then Finance Secretary Vijay Shankar Dubey ordered a probe into various district treasuries, after which, the Deputy Commissioner Amit Khare raided the Chaibasa office of animal husbandry department and the seizures resulted in unearthing of a Rs. 100-crore scam.
According to reports, money had been fraudulently withdrawn using fake bills and vouchers against procurement of cattle feed. More than 80 employees of the Animal Husbandry Department were accused in the scam.
In 1996, the Patna High Court handed the investigation over to the CBI and in the same year, the agency registered an FIR, known as Chaibasa Treasury case.
In 1997, the CBI filed the chargesheet against Lalu and 55 others. Lalu Yadav surrendered before the CBI court and was sent to judicial custody, after he was made to resign from the post of Bihar Chief Minister.
In 2010, Rabri and Lalu were exonerated in the disproportionate assets case related to the fodder scam.
Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad faces six cases in the fodder scam, out of which two are pending.
Lalu Prasad was convicted in the first fodder scam case in 2013 and awarded five years in jail for fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa treasury.
He was subsequently convicted by a special CBI court in the second case on 23 December 2017, and awarded three-and-half years’ imprisonment on 6 January. The case was related to a fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury 21 years ago.
On 24 January he was convicted in the third case, related to fraudulent withdrawals of Rs 37.62 crore from the Chaibasa treasury, and awarded a five-year jail term.
Another case – related to a fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 139 crore from the Doranda treasury in Ranchi – is pending in the court.
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 to the crime. The accused list also includes former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra.
Lalu’s conviction has cost him his Lok Sabha seat and he was disqualified from contesting elections.