Two ex-MLAs get 5-year term in fodder scam

Two days before the announcement of the Maharajganj Lok Sabha bypoll result, which would have decided whether Lalu Prasad still wields clout in his erstwhile fiefdom, the Rashtriya Janata Dal president suffered a severe setback on Monday when his man Friday and former MP from Khagaria in Bihar, R K Rana, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the fodder scam.

Former Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Dhruv Bhagat was also awarded a five-year jail term in the same case. Bhagat was the Chairman of Public Accounts Committee in the Bihar Assembly when the Animal Husbandry scam (also called fodder scam) worth Rs 950 crore took place in the undivided Bihar nearly two decades ago.

The judgment was pronounced by Special CBI judge Sita Ram Prasad in Ranchi on Monday. The judge also convicted eight other officials. All the ten accused have been sent to Birsa Munda Jail.

The case, RC 33 (A)/96, was registered wherein it was alleged that the accused, including officials of the Animal Husbandry Department and private suppliers, had connived to cheat the department.

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