PATNA: RJD president Lalu Prasad was today convicted in the fourth fodder scam case by a special CBI court which though acquitted his predecessor Dr jagannath Mishra.
Prasad who served as the chief minister of Bihar for little over seven years was among 19 accused persons held guilty by the court of justice Shivpal Singh. The court acquitted 12 others.
The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from December 1995 to January 1996 from the Dumka treasury.
Prasad was on way to the court from a hospital where he was admitted after multiple health complications on Saturday when the judgment was delivered by the court. He rushed back to the hospital after being informed about the judgment.
His lawyer said they would move higher court against the judgment. However, his party reacted angrily.
“There were four conspirators in the case and three including Mishra have been acquitted. This indicates that (Prime Minster) Narendra Modi is playing some game. We will appeal,” RJD vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh was quoted as telling the media by IANS after the court judgment.
Prasad was first convicted by the court in September 2013 and sentenced to jail for five years.
He was convicted in the second case on December 23, 2017 and awarded three-and-a-half years imprisonment.
The RJD chief was convicted in the third case on January 24 and awarded a five-year jail term.
The bulk of the cases were transferred to Ranchi after Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar in 2000, media reports said.