More Trouble For Lalu, To Be Tried On Fodder Scam
Overturning the Jharkhand High Court order dropping conspiracy charges against the RJD supremo and former chief minister of undivided Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Supreme Court ruled that he should be tried for criminal conspiracy.
Acting on a plea of CBI which opposed dropping of charges, the Apex Court issued directions that the shall be completed in nine months.
The Supreme Court has found fault with the Jharkhand court order which stayed the trial against Yadav. “The High Court should have been consistent in its findings and not have given different views for different sets of accused in a case” the apex court observed.
Lalu’s party is now in power in Bihar sharing power with Nitish Kumar-led JD (U)
The charges are in connection with a case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 96 lakh during Yadav’s chief ministerial tenure.
The fodder scam relates to embezzlement of nearly 1000 crore in various districts when Lalu was the Bihar chief minister from 1990 to 1997 in the guise of purchasing fodder and some fictitious medicines for the cattle.
Interestingly, key files of this politically sensitive case had gone missing and it was reported that the officers have informed the State government that there is nothing except a few inflated invoices to prove the role of RJD leaders.