Ranchi, Jan 24 IANS | 10 months ago

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Jharkhand Friday awarded four years' imprisonment to each of the 12 people convicted in a fodder scam case and slapped fine up to Rs.4 lakh.

The 12 people given imprisonment include former Janata Dal-United (JD-U) Lok Sabha MP Jagdish Sharma. The CBI court slapped a fine of Rs.2 lakh on Sharma.

The court Wednesday had convicted 19 people, of whom seven were sentenced to three years' imprisonment.

The case is related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs.1.16 crore from the state's Godda district treasury.

There were 30 accused in the case. Six died during the course of the trial, two turned CBI approvers, two admitted their guilty and one is still absconding.

Sharma was also convicted in a fodder scam along with Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Yadav in September 2013. He lost his Lok Sabha membership along with Lalu Yadav after being sentenced to five years' imprisonment.

This was the judgment in the 44th fodder scam case.

Lalu Prasad quit his Bihar chief minister's post in 1997 when his name figured in the fodder scam case probe by the CBI.

The scam surfaced in 1996. Around 54 of the 61 cases were transferred to Jharkhand when it was carved from Bihar in November 2000.

Different CBI courts have passed judgment in more than 43 cases. Lalu Prasad and another former Bihar chief minister, Jagannath Mishra, are accused in five cases.

(Posted on 24-01-2014)

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