Another 44 accused, including former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra, six politicians and four IAS officers, were also convicted by court of Pravas Kumar Singh for fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa treasury.

Quantum of punishment to be pronounced on Oct 3

The court fixed October 3 for pronouncement of sentence against Yadav, Mishra and others in the case filed in April, 1996.

How fodder scam unfolds

The RJD chief may face immediate disqualification as Lok Sabha MP following a recent Supreme Court order according to which an MP or MLA would stand disqualified immediately if convicted by a court for crimes with punishment of two years or more and under some other laws even without jail sentence.

The July 10 judgement of the Supreme Court struck down a provision in the electoral law that provided protection to sitting MPs and MLAs by allowing them to continue in their posts if they appeal against a lower court conviction and secure a stay of the order.

Lalu would have got protection from disqualification if the Ordinance promulgated by the Centre was cleared by President Pranab Mukherjee but he is said to have some reservations and raised questions over it.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi has compounded problems by attacking the Ordinance and calling for its withdrawal, virtually sealing its fate.

RJD to challenge court’s verdict

RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha said that they would challenge the order in a higher court after the quantum of punishment is pronounced.

Earlier, Lalu arrived at the special CBI court before delivery of the verdict in the 17-year-old case. IAS officers Mahesh Prasad, Phoolchand Singh, Beck Juleus, K Arumugam, Income Tax officer AC Choudhary, former AHD officials and fodder suppliers were also among the accused.

Lalu had begun arguments on September 9 and ended it on September 17 after the Supreme Court turned down his request to change the current special court to another one after he apprehended political conspiracy.

Following the Animal Husbandry scam, popularly known as the fodder scam, Lalu had to resign as Chief Minister of Bihar. After installing his wife Rabri Devi as the Chief Minister, Yadav had surrendered to a court in Patna on July 31, 1997.

Later, he came to Ranchi following a court order as it had the jurisdiction of the case. The Mecon Guest House was converted to a camp jail in Ranchi before he was shifted to the old Birsa Munda Jail at Circular road.

After Jharkhand's bifurcation on November 15, 2000, the litigations were brought before the Supreme Court whether the Patna High Court had the jurisdiction on the cases in this part of the undivided Bihar and trial was stayed till December 2000 to December 2001.

The SC had said in November, 2001 that trial would be conducted by special courts in Ranchi. Trial in Ranchi began in March, 2002 by seven special courts. The case was posted for defence of Lalu from May 15 and his counsel examined 29 witnesses in his defence. But when the defence continued to skip dates, the court fixed July 15 to deliver the judgement and asked the accused to complete arguments by July 1.

Subsequently, Lalu moved the Supreme Court pleading shifting of his case from the court of Pravas Kumar Singh on the ground of political conspiracy, which the Apex Court struck down, paving the way for the first judgement against Lalu.

Gloom descends on Rabri Devi's official residence

Official residence of Rabri Devi wore a deserted look after Lalu was convicted by the special CBI court.

The gates of her official residence on 10, Circular Road, were closed since morning. The security personnel deployed outside the residence were seen politely turning away visitors, including media persons.

A number of electronic news channels reporters and crew were seen standing outside the house. The state unit of the RJD office also wore a deserted look with only a handful of party workers.

Read More: Bihar sounds alert

Authorities in Bihar have sounded an alert across the state on Monday, apprehending trouble after the court pronounced verdict in a multi-crore fodder scam.
The state authorities sounded alert well in advance fearing backlash from RJD supporters.

"The police headquarters has alerted all the superintendents of police and asked them to keep a close watch after the court verdict on Lalu Prasad in the fodder scam case," a police official said.

According to police, alert was sounded following an intelligence report that Lalu's supporters, including RJD workers and leaders, would take to streets or go on rampage if court verdict went against him.

Additional security forces have been deployed in sensitive areas to check and control any attempt to create violence after the court verdict, police said.


It is a victory for the democracy. It is a very sad day for RJD: JD-U leader Devesh Chandra Thakur

Only conviction has been pronounced. The person who was whistleblower has been accused. Will challenge CBI court’s verdict: Manoj Jha, spokesperson RJD

Delayed action but correct decision taken by the court: BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy

It is a milestone verdict in Indian political scenario. RJD’s face is going to be completely shattered. This verdict can affect Laluji’s political career: Nirmala Sitharaman, BJP leader

Our party MLAs are united: Ashish Ranjan Sinha, RJD leader


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