Following RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s conviction in the third fodder scam case, former Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav hit out at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for allegedly conspiring against his father. He added they will challenge the verdict in a higher court. Lalu was found guilty by a special CBI court in Ranchi on Wednesday in the third case of multi-crore fodder scam related to fraudulent withdrawal of money from Chaibasa treasury in 1990s. Read | Lalu Prasad Yadav found guilty in third case
“We have to abide by whatever is the court’s ruling. But the CBI court order is not going to be final. We will appeal in the high court and, if need be, in the Supreme Court,” Yadav said.
“It is a common perception that Lalu Prasad, whom the public views as its hero, has been framed in the cases at the instance of Nitish Kumar and the BJP-RSS brigade,” he further alleged.
Tejashwi Yadav also claimed that the BJP-led NDA plans to conduct elections to the Bihar Assembly in December this year and hence are trying to keep Lalu Yadav entangled in legal issues, which will make it easier for the BJP-JD(U) alliance to win in the state.
Responding to Tejashwi Yadav’s statement, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi said Lalu Yadav’s conviction in the third fodder scam case was “expected”. “Its nothing surprising, it was expected. The statements coming from RJD are unfortunate, do they mean to say the judge is conspiring with BJP and Nitish ji,” Sushil Modi said as quoted by ANI.
The fodder scam case, RC 68(A) / 1996, pertains to the fraudulence of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa (now in Jharkhand) district treasury during 1992-93. The court also convicted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra in the case.
Lalu Prasad is currently serving time in Birsa Munda jail in Ranchi after having been convicted in two fodder scam cases.
The RJD chief was on December 23 last year held guilty in the RC 64A/96 pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury and was handed 3.5 years imprisonment on January 6 this year by special CBI court judge Shiv Pal Singh.