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RJD supremo in trouble! SC notice to Lalu Yadav in fodder scam

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New Delhi :In a major development in fodder scam, the Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on CBI’s plea against dropping of certain charges in one of the FIRs by Jharkhand HC.

A special CBI court in September 2014 rejected a petition filed by RJD chief Lalu Prasad pleading to quash the RC 38A/96 fodder scam case as he had already been convicted in RC20A/96, the third such petition being dismissed by the same court.

The court of A K Rai rejected the petition filed by Prasad under section 300 of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act and Article 22 of the Constitution, which states that a person once convicted or acquitted not to be tried for the same offence.

The case pertained to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.97 crore from the Dumka Treasury.

The same court had earlier dismissed Prasad’s two similar cases. On August 12, it dismissed a petition in connection with 68A/96 fodder scam case pertaining to alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 36 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury during the 1993-94 fiscal when Prasad was the chief minister of Bihar.

On July 1, it dismissed a petition in connection with the RC 64A/96 case pertaining to Rs 96 lakh from the Deogarh Treasury in the 1990s.

On September 30 in 2013, Prasad had been convicted and was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on October 3 in the RC 20A/96 fodder case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury during the 1994-95 fiscal.

PTI