Bad time for Bihar long time heavyweight Political leader Lalu Yadav. Supreme court has ruled that the RJD chief and other accused will face separate trials for each case in the Rs 900 crore fodder scam ruling out the High Court order which had said that the entire conspiracy in the fodder scam was one and hence Lalu cannot be tried separately for each illegal treasury withdrawal.The supreme court order delivered at time when Lalu already facing lot of jolts in a leaked audio tape released by republic channel where he was seen taking instruction from jailed mafia Mohd. Shahabuddin. Supreme court has ordered that trial must be completed within nine month.
Supreme court also criticize Jharkhand HC court who granted bail to Lalu Yadav that “The HC gave relief to Lalu Prasad ignoring settled principle of law.” They also pulled CBI for delay in filing appeal against dropping of charge against Lalu Prasad.
Supreme Court has ordered that proceedings against Yadav be continued under IPC Sections 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of an offence committed or giving false information) and 511 (attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or imprisonment, and in such attempt doing any act towards the commission of the offence). The charges are in connection with the case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 96 lakh during Yadav’s chief ministerial tenure. The fodder scam relates to fraudulent withdrawal of around Rs. 1,000 crore by the Animal Husbandry department from various districts when Lalu was the Bihar chief minister from 1990 to 1997.
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Along with Lalu, Jagannath Mishra and ex-top bureaucrat Sajal Chakraborty will also face trial in the case. Lalu Prasad has already been convicted by trial court and sentenced to 5 years jail term in Chaibasa treasury withdrawal case.
SC while criticising Jharkhand HC for dropping conspiracy charge against Lalu Prasad in Deoghar treasury case, said, “The HC gave relief to Lalu Prasad ignoring settled principle of law.”
The court also lashed out at the CBI for delay in filing appeal against dropping of charge against Lalu Prasad.
The agency failed to live up to its reputation, the court said.Earlier on April 20, the apex court had reserved its judgement in the case and asked all parties concerned to give their submissions within a week.
The court also heard the plea filed by RJD supremo challenging his jail sentence in connection with the mid-1990s fodder scam case.
The CBI had filed a plea in the apex court against the dropping of a conspiracy charge against Lalu Prasad by the Jharkhand High Court in one of the fodder scam cases.