Stiff sentence, hefty fine to 11 fodder scam accusedJuly 23rd, 2008 - 8:08 pm ICT by IANS
Ranchi , July 23 (IANS) A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here Wednesday awarded 11 officials found guilty in the fodder scam three to seven years in jail and fines up to Rs.12.5 million. Special CBI Judge B.K. Sahay on July 14 pronounced the judgment in one of the cases, RC 51 A/96, in which 64 people were convicted of fraudulent withdrawal of Rs.390 million from the Chaibasa treasury in 1993-94. Jharkhand transport secretary Sajjal Chakravarty was one of those cvonvicted.
The court Wednesday pronounced sentences against 11 officials and employees of the state animal husbandry department (AHD).
Till now the CBI court has awarded sentencea to 63 accused in this case. The sentence against the transport secretary, currently admitted to the Ranchi Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) for treatment, is likely to be pronounced Friday.
Chakravarty was deputy commissioner of Chaibasa district at the time of the crime.
Out of total 76 accused in the case, five accused died during trial, four turned approvers, two accepted their crime, and one is absconding.
Total 63 cases were lodged by CBI in fodder scam case. As many as 53 of them were transferred to Jharkhand after the state was carved out from Bihar in November 2000.
Till now special CBI courts have pronounced judgments in 27 cases, convicting 230 people in 27 cases.
Railway Minister Lalu Prasad is an accused in five fodder scam cases, the trial for which is under progress in various special CBI courts of Ranchi.