Veteran Indian party leader convicted in old corruption case

Truth will win in end, come what may: Lalu Prasad Yadav after fodder-scam conviction

The RJD chief who was accompanied by his younger son and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejaswi Yadav appeared stunned when the court held him guilty in the corruption case following the acquittal of six others before him. The CBI court will pronounce the punishment to Yadav on January 3 and he was taken to Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi.

CBI judge Shivpal Singh pronounced the verdict in a packed courtroom in Ranchi in the case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994. Congress leader Manish Tewari termed the Central Bureau of Investigation as "pet performing parrot" of the current government and said that Yadav and his lawyers are able enough to cope with the fight ahead. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed to their crime and were convicted in 2006-07, said a media report quoting a CBI official.

Manoj Jha, RJD leader.

The special court acquitted 80-year-old Jagannath Mishra and five others - former Public Accounts Committee chairman Druv Bhagat, former Indian Revenue Service officer AC Choudhary, fodder suppliers Saraswati Chandra and Sadhana Singh and former minister Vidya Sagar Nishad. The accused are facing charges under different sections of IPC and also Prevention of Corruption Act.

Meanwhile, senior RJD leaders came out strongly against the BJP and its misuse of investigating agencies.

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He said the party has faith in Judiciary, but in this case the CBI "has arranged prosecution" and that the "legally admissible evidence provided by us (RJD and Lalu Prasad) were set aside".

It may be recalled that Yadav was previously convicted in the fodder scam in 2013. "We will move the High Court and we are confident that we will get justice there", he told reporters here. It is baffling how the BJP and JD (U) had predicted the verdict.

Targeting the BJP, Jha said that 11, Ashok Road (BJP headquarter in Delhi) was a "washing machine" that washes away all the taints of any person who bows before the party.

Lalu has already been convicted in the Chaibasa treasury case and is out on bail. While the two Jharkhand cases are pending trial, he has now been convicted in two other Jharkhand cases.

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