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Lalu Prasad convicted in fodder scam

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Patna: In the Rs 139.5 crore Doranda treasury embezzlement case, a special CBI court convicted RJD supremo and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad on Tuesday.

The severity of the punishment will be determined on February 18, according to a CBI lawyer.

The court had finished hearing arguments in the case on January 29 and had reserved its decision.In four previous fodder scam cases, Prasad had been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

“Lalu Prasad was found guilty. On February 18, the severity of the punishment will be determined “According to the CBI’s legal counsel.

The hearing against 99 accused, including Prasad, in the court of Special CBI Judge SK Shashi, had been ongoing since February of last year.
On January 29, arguments on behalf of the last accused, Shailendra Kumar, were concluded. On the day of the verdict, all of the defendants were ordered to be physically present in court.

55 of the original 170 defendants have died, seven have become government witnesses, two have accepted the charges against them, and six have fled the country.

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Apart from Prasad, the main defendants included former MP Jagdish Sharma, then-PAC chairman Dhruv Bhagat, Animal Husbandry Secretary Beck Julius, and Animal Husbandry Assistant Director KM Prasad.

The Rs 950-crore scam involves the fraudulent withdrawal of public funds from government treasuries in various districts across Bihar’s undivided state.

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