Fodder scam: SC reserves order on CBI plea opposing dropping of charges against Lalu

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The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its judgement on a Central Bureau of Investigation plea opposing dropping of charges against Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav in Rs. 9.4 billion fodder scam.

The top court has asked all the parties to give their submissions in a week.

Former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav

The apex court had earlier this week heard the plea filed by Lalu challenging his jail sentence in connection with the case.

The CBI had filed a plea in the apex court against the dropping of a conspiracy charge against Yadav by the Jharkhand High Court in one of the fodder scam cases.

The scam involved fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 950 crore of public money from the treasuries of Chaibasa in undivided Bihar under the head of the animal husbandry department in the early 1990s.

The money was withdrawn on the basis on fake bills and vouchers for buying fodder and medicine for livestock by the animal husbandry officials in connivance with traders and top officials and politicians across the party lines.

Besides Lalu Prasad, former chief minister Jagannath Mishra, former animal husbandry ministers Vidyasagar Nishad and Chandradeo Prasad Verma, JD(U) MP Jagdish Sharma, BJP leader Dhruv Bhagat and former RJD MP RK Rana were also among the accused.

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