Ten officials given jail term in fodder scam

June 23rd, 2008 - 4:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, June 23 (IANS) A special court here Monday awarded one to six years in jail to 10 government officials convicted for their role in the multi-million-rupee scam in fodder purchase more than a decade ago. Special Central Bureau of Investigation court judge Sanjay Prasad also slapped a fine of Rs.500,000 to Rs.1.1 million on the convicts.

The prominent among the officials are Sheshmuni Ram and Om Prakash Diwakar, both former regional directors of the animal husbandry department.

The special court will pronounce the quantum of sentence to former Dumka commissioner Sripati Dubey on Wednesday.

The special court June 12 convicted 34 people in the case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs.14.7 million from the Dumka treasury of Jharkhand. It has already pronounced sentence to 23 convicts.

A total of 63 cases were lodged by CBI in what has come to be known as the fodder scam and 41 of them were transferred to Jharkhand after the state was carved out of Bihar in November 2000.

The special courts have till now pronounced judgements in at least 24 cases.

Railways Minister Lalu Prasad is accused in five cases, the trial of which is in progress at special CBI courts in Ranchi.

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