45 fodder scam accused convicted, rigorous imprisonment for 14

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Ranchi, Apr 24 (ANI): A special Central Bureau of Investigation court on Friday convicted 45 accused and sentenced 14 of them to three years rigorous imprisonment in connection with the fodder scam case of early 1990's.

The court also slapped fines between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. five lakh on the 14 accused.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and the then Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad is also one of the accused in the Rs. 900 crore-scam.

The court has fixed April 27 to pronounce the quantum of punishment on the rest 31 convicts.

The fodder scam was unearthed in Bihar in 1996 when Lalu Prasad was the Chief Minister of the state. He had resigned from the post in 1997 after a court issued an arrest warrant against him in one of the cases.

This was the 30th of the total 53 fodder scam cases to have been to the conviction stage. (ANI)

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