Fodder convict Sajal Chakravorty gets bail on health ground

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Ranchi, Sep 5 (UNI) Jharkhand High Court today granted bail to former Transport Commissioner Sajal Chakravorty in connection with the multi-crore rupee fodder scam case, unearthed in unified Bihar in 1990s.

The CBI court, Ranchi, had awarded four years regirous imprisonment and imposed fine of Rs 3.5 lakh on Sajal, who was the second IAS officer convicted in the animal husbandry fodder scam.

Mr Justice R R Prasad passed the order after hearing the bail petition, filed by Sajal whose defence lawyer contended that his client was suffering from different types of diseases.

When verdict on Sajal was heard in July, he fainted in the court room and was rushed to Rajendra Institute of Medical Science for treatment.

The defence counsel contended that the former IAS officer was not getting proper treatment in the jail as he needed better medical assistance.

The CBI court, Ranchi, had earlier found 64 accused, including Sajal, guilty in RC 51A/96 animal husbandary fodder scam.

Rajesh Kumar appearing on behalf of CBI alleged that 64 accused, including Sajal, had been convicted. He further alleged that around Rs 39 crore had been withdrawn from the Chaibasa treasury in 1993-1994 financial year on fake supply document. At that time Sajal was the deputy commissioner.

Mr S N Dubey, the then Commissioner of Santhal Paragana, was the first IAS officer convicted in fodder scam. Sajal Chakravorty was of 1990 Batch.

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