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Fodder scam: SC verdict on dropping of charges against Lalu Prasad today

The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its verdict today on a plea by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) challenging dropping of charges against Rashtriya Janata Dal Chief and Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in Rs. 9.4 billion fodder scam.

The apex court in April heard the plea filed by Lalu challenging his jail sentence in connection with the case.

The scam involved fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 950 crore of public money from the treasuries of Chaibasa in undivided Bihar under the head of the animal husbandry department during the early 1990s.

The money was withdrawn on the basis of fake bills and vouchers for buying fodder and medicine for livestock by the animal husbandry officials in connivance with traders and top officials and politicians across the party lines.

Besides Lalu Prasad Yadav, Former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra, Former Animal Husbandry Ministers Vidyasagar Nishad and Chandradeo Prasad Verma, JD(U) MP Jagdish Sharma, BJP leader Dhruv Bhagat and Former RJD MP RK Rana are also among the accused.

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