Prasad, an accused in the fodder scam detected in the Animal Husbandry Department during his regime, is one of the 45 accused in the RC 20A/96 case pertaining to the Chaibasa Treasury.

The advocate put up a strong defence claiming his client's non-involvement in the case reflected in the fact that 41 FIRs had been lodged on his direction in connection with fraudulent withdrawal of funds from different treasuries in the undivided Bihar.

Prasad's counsel began arguments on Monday after the Supreme Court in August turned down Prasad’s plea seeking transfer of the trial court judge hearing the case.

The arguments will continue till September 16 in the special CBI court.

The multi-million-rupee fodder scam in Bihar surfaced in 1996. Around 54 of the 61 cases were transferred to Jharkhand when it was carved from Bihar in November 2000. Different CBI special courts have passed judgments in more than 43 cases.

(JPN/Agencies)

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