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Fodder scam: Timeline

RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav was on convicted by a special CBI court in the fodder scam.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: March 14, 2014 12:47:28 pm

RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav was on Monday convicted by a special CBI court in the fodder scam corruption case that disqualifies him from Parliament and renders him ineligible for contesting elections for at least six years.

Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav,44 others convicted; RJD chief can’t fight polls

Following is the timeline of the 17 years old multi-million fodder scam that surfaced in 1996:

January 27,1996: The Rs 950-crore fodder scam first surfaced after a raid conducted on the offices of Animal Husbandry department -under which money for agricultural support programmes was stolen – in Chaibasa. The scam involved large-scale embezzlement of funds from government treasury given to non-existent companies for purchase and supply of cattle fodder in Bihar in 1990s.

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March 11,1996: Patna High Court directs CBI to probe fodder scam cases.

Fodder Scam: Day before verdict,Lalu skirts media

March 19,1996: Supreme Court affirms PHC order,asks 2-member bench to monitor progress of investigation.

May 10,1997: CBI makes a formal request to the federally-appointed Governor of Bihar to prosecute Lalu.

June 17,1997: The Governor gives permission for Lalu and others to be prosecuted.

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June 23,1997: On 23 June,the CBI files chargesheets against Lalu and 55 other co-accused. 63 cases were registered under IPC Sections 420 (forgery) and 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) and Section 13 (b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

July 30,1997: The RJD leader,who resigned as chief minister following the multi-crore fodder scam,surrenders before a court.

Related: SC rejects Lalu Prasad’s plea to transfer fodder scam trial

August 19,1998: Disproportionate Assets case registered against Lalu.

April 4,2000: Lalu chargesheeted. Rabri Devi’s name included as co-accused for abetment of the offence.

April 5,2000: Lalu/Rabri surrender to CBI court. Rabri gets bail,and Lalu sent to jail after judge rejects his bail prayer.

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May 10,2000: Patna High Court grants provisional bail to Lalu which is extended on 25 occasions.

June 9,2000: Charges framed against Lalu/Rabri.

October 5,2001: Supreme Court transfers fodder scam cases to Jharkhand after the creation of new state.

February,2002: Trial begins in Ranchi special CBI court.

November 23,2006: Arguments conclude in the case.

December 4,2006: Judge fixes December 18 for delivering verdict.

December 18,2006: Lalu,Rabri acquitted of charges in a disproportionate assets case filed against them by the CBI seven years ago.

May 31,2007: 58 people including Lalu’s nephews were convicted,and given terms of 5 to 6 years each. Among them were two former regional directors of the Animal Husbandry Department—Junul Bhengraj and Raja Ram—and four suppliers,namely Rakesh Mehra,Sanjay Kumar,Nagendra Yadav and Virendra Yadav.

March 1,2012: Nine years after a chargesheet was filed against 44 people in one of the cases related to the multi-crore fodder scam,CBI court frames charges against former chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra,JD-U’s Jehanabad MP Jagdish Sharma and 31 others in connection with fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 46 lakh from Banka and Bhagalpur treasuries against “forged bills”.

August 13,2013: Supreme Court rejects Lalu Prasad’s plea seeking transfer of the trial court judge hearing the case.

September 17,2013: Special court Ranchi reserves judgement in fodder scam case.

September 30,2013: CBI court convicts Lalu Prasad Yadav along with 44 others in the fodder scam. RJD chief stands disqualified as member of the Lok Sabha following the verdict.

(With PTI inputs)

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