New Delhi: Under the supervision of the Jharkhand High Court and the statements of the witnesses recorded by the special court in the 15-year-old fodder scam, trouble seems to be mounting for RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, former Bihar Chief Minister Jaggannath Mishra, and Jahanbad MP Jagdish Sharma. The Special Court is likely to deliver its verdict by March-April in this regard.

After hearing the petition filed by Rajiv Ranjan Singh, the Supreme Court has ordered the Jharkhand High Court to expedite the hearing of the fodder scam cases going on in the special courts of the state.

Special CBI judge P K Singh on Saturday has also concluded the process of recording of statements of accused persons in a fodder scam case (RC 20) in which two former Chief Ministers of Bihar, Lalu Prasad and Jaggannath Mishra, are the main accused.

The Supreme Court on March 19, 1996 had handed over the probe to the CBI and directed the Patna High Court to monitor the case. Till now, the CBI has registered 53 cases out of which decisions on 49 have been given.

However, even after 12 years of filing the chargesheet against many prominent leaders accused in the case, the probe has always met with hindrances.

(JPN/ Bureau)