Fodder scam/Chara Ghotala
The Fodder Scam was a corruption scandal that involved the embezzlement of about 950 crore from the government treasury of the eastern Indian state of Bihar. Among those implicated in the theft and arrested were then Chief Minister of Bihar, Laloo Prasad Yadav, as well as former Chief Minister, Jagannath Mishra.
Ranchi: A CBI court in Ranchi on Monday awarded four to seven years imprisonment to 40 persons convicted in a fodder scam case and also slapped fines ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 2 crore.
The CBI court had pronounced judgement in RC 31 A/96 May 3, which is related to the fraudulent withdrawal of more than Rs 47 crore from the Doranda treasury of Ranchi in the early 1990s. There were a total of 111 accused in the case. Some of them died during the course of trial and some of them turned approver.
The CBI court had last Thursday convicted 69 people and acquitted 16 others in the case.
Former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra are accused in five cases related to the scam. Their trial is on in CBI courts in Ranchi. Lalu had to quit as the chief minister in 1997 after an arrest warrant was issued against him.
The fodder scam hit the headlines in the 1990s in undivided Bihar, when officials and politicians were accused of illegally withdrawing crores of rupees of public money in the guise of purchasing cattle fodder.
A total of 61 cases were filed in the scam and 53 were transferred to Jharkhand after the new state was carved out of Bihar in 2000. Different CBI courts in Ranchi have passed judgements in 41 cases