10 convicted, sentenced in multi-million fodder scam

February 9th, 2009 - 11:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, Feb 9 (IANS) A special court in the Jharkhand capital Monday awarded four to five years of imprisonment and imposed fine between Rs.25,000 to Rs. 1 million to 10 convicts in a multi-million fodder scam.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court awarded five-year imprisonment to former treasury employees B.B. Prasad and Kasinath Singh and fodder supplier Tripurari Mohan Prasad while imposing a fine between Rs.200,000 and Rs.1 million on them.

Special CBI judge B.K. Sahay passed these orders in the case on fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 5.1 million from Hazaribagh treasury of Jharkhand during early 1990s. There were a total 12 accused in the case and two died during the trial.

Total 63 cases were filed by the CBI in the fodder scam case. And 53 were transferred to Jharkhand after it was carved out from Bihar in November 2000.

Till now the CBI courts have pronounced judgments in 27 cases and 230 people have been convicted.

Railway Minister Lalu Prasad is accused in five of the fodder scam cases. The trial in five cases is under progress in special CBI courts in Ranchi.

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