Fodder Scam - Supreme Court of India(SCI) Revives Criminal Conspiracy Charges Against Lalu in Rs 900-cr Fodder Scam Monday May 08,2017
A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India(SCI)on Monday May 08,2017 dealt a big blow to RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav as it revived criminal conspiracy charges against him along with others, including former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and ex-top bureaucrat Sajal Chakraborty, in the Rs 900 crore fodder scam case.
A bench of Justices Arun Kumar Misra and Amitava Roy had reserved the verdict on April 20 after hearing all the parties.
Monday’s verdict came on an appeal by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against a Jharkhand High Court order which had dropped the charges of criminal conspiracy against Lalu Yadav.
The HC had ruled citing the law on double jeopardy that once a person has been convicted or acquitted, he cannot be tried for the same offence again.
The CBI had filed an appeal against the HC order in the SCI eight months after the verdict, seeking a separate trial.
On Monday May 08,2017, the SCI set aside the HC order and said that the RJD chief will be tried separately for each case
The two-judge bench also ruled that the trial has to be completed within nine months. 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