Ranchi: Jharkhand High Court on Friday reserved its verdict on the plea of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, seeking deposition of remaining witnesses in the multi-crore fodder scam.

Lalu, in his petition, has claimed that the investigating agency, CBI, has intentionally not called many witnesses to depose in the court. He has pleaded before the court to direct the investigating agency to call all the witnesses for questioning.

Lalu has also alleged that the CBI has falsely implicated him in the multi-crore fodder scam case due to political pressure. The court will pronounce its verdict on Saturday.

Fodder scam in undivided Bihar had surfaced in mid 1990s when Lalu Prasad Yadav was the Chief Minister of the state. The scam involved financial embezzlement of over Rs 950 crore. The names of many top politicians like Lalu Yadava and another former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and many top bureaucrats figured in this scam as accused in the CBI probe.

(JPN/Bureau)

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