Fodder Scam Case Prediction: On January 27, 1996, a raid on the offices of the Animal Husbandry Department in Chaibasa exposed the Rs 950-crore fodder fraud. Lalu Prasad Yadav was then the Chief Minister of Bihar. The scam was related to high scale use of government treasury funds that was given to non-existent businesses for the purchase and supply of cattle fodder in Bihar in the 1990s.
Fodder Scam Case Prediction: How did the Scam Start?
The start of the scam was slow and steady when low level government employees transferred some fake funds to some fake fodder company. These funds were then reimbursed by the government and were kept by the officers in their pockets.
Later it included companies and politicians and thus increasing the amount of money embezzled. The then Comptroller and Auditor General of India, TN Chaturvedi found some discrepancy in monthly accounts of Bihar treasury and warned the government of these discrepancies.
During Lalu Yadav's Chief Ministerial tenure, the Animal Husbandry Department made fraudulent withdrawals of large bills of Rs 1,000 crore in the name of medicines.
How the Fodder Scam Case Moved?
In1996 sensing the discrepancy in the accounts of Bihar Treasury raid took place at Animal Husbandry Department of Bihar. In March, same year the case was directed to CBI by the Patna High Court.
In the year of 1997, the CBI filed charge sheet against Lalu Yadav and many others were co-accused.
Cases against Lalu Prasad were put under 3 main sections: Section 420 of IPC (forgery), section 120b of IPC (Criminal conspiracy) and section 13b of the prevention of Corruption Act.
In 1997, after this event Janata Dal (ruling party) pressured them not to hold office while being under criminal prosecution as this would affect their vote bank also.
Later Lalu Yadav formed his own political party Rashtriya Janata Dal. Due to these allegations, Lalu Prasad resigned as Chief Minister and appointed his wife Rabri Devi as CM. He surrendered before CBI court and was sent the the judicial custody.
In 1998, a case of Disproportionate Assets was recorded against him with Rabri Devi being appointed as a co-accused for instigating the crime.
In 2000, new Jharkhand state had been formed and the cases of the fodder scam were transferred to Ranchi.
On December18, 2006, in the DA case, a special CBI court in Ranchi acquitted both Lalu and his wife.
But, there was a twist in story in 2012, Lalu Yadav and other accused were charged by CBI for the multi-crore fodder scam.
On 30 September 2013, along with 44 other defendants, Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted by the Central Bureau of Investigation Court in Ranchi after being found guilty of fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 37 crores from the Treasury of Chaibasa.
The conviction also disqualified and barred him for 11 years from contesting any election and a fine of 25 lakh rupees. Immediately after the verdict, arrest of Lalu Prasad Yadav took place and he was placed in Birsa Munda Central Jail, Ranchi. Later he managed to get the bail after 4 days.
On December 2017, Lalu Yadav was convicted and in 2018 he was sentenced to 3.5 years of sentence for the fraudulent withdrawal of INR8,900,000 from the Deoghar district treasury between 1990 and 1994.
In same year he was convicted in 4th Fodder Scam case relating to alleged withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka district treasury. CBI court awarded him two separate 7 years of sentence in the case.
Fodder Scam Case Prediction: Will Lalu Yadav Get Bail?
The total fodder scam that took place in the years 1990-95, has several cases. Out of these cases, Lalu Prasad was accused in 6 cases.
Out of these conviction, Lalu Prasad has been convicted in 2 cases only. If he is convicted for rest of the cases, he may have to spend a good amount of time in Jail.
But, if he proves that the fodder scam is only one conspiracy, for which he was already convicted and was out on bail for the time being, under Article 20(2) of the Indian Constitution, which states that no person can be convicted twice for the same crime, he may dissolve off the remaining cases and only need to take care of one case at hand.
However, recently, in a bail hearing of case in which he was accused of withdrawal of Rs3.76 crore from Dumka treasury during December 1995 and January 1996, the Jharkhand High Court deferred hearing for 6 weeks. The case hearing was deferred after CBI said that Lalu Yadav had only completed 34 months and there were more 8 months left for him to complete half of the sentence.
Lalu Yadav is unlikely to get bail this year, however he may seek for early release on grounds of deteriorating health. Lalu has been undergoing treatment since past 2 years in Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Hospital.