Bihar politician Lalu Yadav has been condemned in the fourth case linked to the fodder scam while his predecessor Jagannath Mishra has been cleared by a court in Jharkhand’s Ranchi.
Lalu Yadav went to the court straight from a hospital where he was admitted after he fell ill inside prison.
The fodder scam involves the fraud of government funds in Bihar in the name of cattle fodder. The multi-million-rupee scam surfaced in the 1990s when Lalu Prasad was Chief Minister of undivided Bihar.
The court is hearing one case related to Rs. 3.13 crore swindled from the Dumka treasury between December 1995 and January 1996.
Besides Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra, 30 others are accused in this case.
Lalu Prasad was sentenced in the first fodder scam case in 2013 and convicted to jail for five years.
The RJD chief was sentenced by a special CBI court in a second case on December 23, 2017, and convicted to three-and-half years in jail.
He was convicted to jail for five years after being held guilty in a third case in January, related to money swindled from the Chaibasa treasury.
He faces two more cases — one in Ranchi and one in Patna.
The fodder scam exploration was handed over to the CBI on the Patna High Court’s order.
The bulk of the cases were transferred to Ranchi after Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar in 2000.