71 of 80 convicted in fodder scam

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Ranchi, Dec 7 (UNI) The designated CBI court today convicted 71 of the 80 accused in one of the fodder scam cases, in which Rs 27.33 crore was withdrawn from the Ranchi treasury on forged document.

The court today awarded six years' imprisonment and fine of Rs 50,000 to three accused each while 21 others got three years' imprisonment besides fine of Rs 50,000 each.

Seven accused were acquitted due to lack of evidence, the court said, adding that the quantum of punishment of the remaining 40 accused would be delivered on December 12.

However, the 21 accused, who got punishment for three years' imprisonment, were granted bail.

CBI Judge, Ranchi, J K N Tiwari passed the order after hearing both the parties.

S K Lal alias Batuk Babu, lawyer appearing on behalf of the CBI, informed the court that around Rs 27,32,52,980 had been withdrawn from the Ranchi treasury from 1990 to 1996 on forged documents.

Initially, there were around 80 accused in the case, of whom three became government approver, four died during trial, while one was discharged in the beginning of the case. The remaining one, P K Jaiswal, pleaded guilty during the trial and died later.

This was the 22nd case in three years on which judgment was delivered. The first case RC 59/96 was delivered in 2004.

UNI

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