23 accused awarded punishment in fodder scam

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Ranchi, Dec 13 (UNI) The designated CBI court today awarded quantum of punishment to another 23 accused in connection with the multi-crore rupee fodder scam.

As per the judgement, 17 accused received six years of imprisonment with fine of Rs 50,000 each, while seven others were awarded punishment of three years in jail coupled with fine of Rs 50,000 One Om Prakash Gupta, an accused, died in the custody two days ago.

The quantum of punishment on the remaining eight accused would be delivered tomorrow.

Yesterday, the designated CBI court awarded quantum punishment to eight accused in the scam.

CBI judge J K N Tiwari gave the verdict to the accused in connection with the Ranchi Treasury scam.

Around Rs 27.33 crore were withdrawn during 1990-96 on the basis of forged documents.

There were around 80 accused in the case of whom 64 were convicted and seven acquitted for lack of evidence.

While three of them became government approvers, four others had died during the trial of the case much earlier.

One of the accused was discharged in the beginning, while another pleaded guilty during the trial and later died.

UNI

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