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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Fodder Scam - All You Need to Know

January 27, 1996: Rs 950 crore fodder scam unearthed after Deputy Commissioner Amit Khare raids offices of Bihar animal husbandry department in Chaibasa (now in Jharkhand). 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
March 11, 1996: Patna High Court directs CBI to probe the scam. Supreme Court upholds the order.
March 27, 1996: CBI registers FIR in Chaibasa treasury case.
June 23, 1997: 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: Lalu Prasad surrenders before CBI court, sent to judicial custody
December 12, 1997: After 135 days in judicial custody Lalu Prasad released on bail
April 4, 2000: Lalu Prasad chargesheeted. His wife Rabri Devi’s name included as co-accused for abetment of the offence
April 5, 2000: Charges framed before special CBI court. Lalu Prasad/Rabri Devi surrender to CBI court. Rabri gets bail, and Lalu Prasad sent to jail after judge rejects his bail plea
May 10, 2000: Patna High Court grants provisional bail to Lalu Prasad which is extended on 25 occasions
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
December 18, 2006: Lalu Prasad, Rabri Devi acquitted of charges in a disproportionate assets case filed against them by the CBI
May 31, 2007: 58 people, including Lalu Prasad’s nephews, were convicted, and were given terms of 5-6 years each. Among them were two former regional directors of the animal husbandry department Junul Bhengraj and Raja Ram and four suppliers---Rakesh Mehra,Sanjay Kumar,Nagendra Yadav and Virendra Yadav.
March 1, 2012: A CBI court frames charges against former Bihar CMs Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra, JD-U’s Jehanabad MP Jagdish Sharma and 31 others for 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 CBI court reserves judgement
September 30, 2013: Two former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad and Jagganath Mishra along with 45 others convicted by special CBI judge Pravas Kumar Singh
March 14, 2014: Special CBI court convicts Lalu Prasad that disqualifies him from Parliament; he is ineligible to contest elections for at least six years

May 08,2017 - Supreme Court of India(SCI) Revives Criminal Conspiracy Charges Against Lalu in Rs 900-cr Fodder Scam

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