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Lalu Prasad Yadav found guilty in fifth fodder scam: Special CBI court convicts former Bihar Chief Minister in Rs 139 crore Doranda treasury case

Lalu Prasad Yadav is one of the main accused in the fodder scam case related to the illegal withdrawal of Rs 139.35 crore from Doranda Treasury.

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Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has been found guilty in a fifth fodder scam case. A special CBI court in Ranchi, Jharkhand, has found him guilty of fraudulently withdrawing Rs 139.35 crore from the Doranda treasury. The sentencing of Lalu Prasad Yadav will take place today.

Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who has now been found guilty in all five fodder scam cases in which he was accused as a conspirator, was present in the courtroom as Judge CK Shashi presented the verdict on Tuesday morning.

Out of 99 total accused, 24 were acquitted. Among others found guilty are former MP Jagdish Sharma and former Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Dhruv Bhagat, who have both been sentenced to three-year jail terms.

The RJD chief is one of the main accused in the fodder scam case related to the illegal withdrawal of Rs 139.35 crore from Doranda Treasury. Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is currently out on bail arrived in Ranchi on Sunday was presented today for the verdict.

The Rs 950 crore fodder scandal, which shattered the veteran Bihar politician’s electoral career, involves illegal withdrawals of public funds from government treasuries in various districts of erstwhile Bihar for bogus spending on fodder and other livestock expenses over a couple of years.

Even if he is found guilty and sentenced to less than three years in prison, he will be able to walk away by getting bail from the special CBI court. If the sentence is longer than three years, he will have to go to jail and file a bail application with the high court, said a lawyer who did not want to be identified.

The RJD supremo is already been convicted in four cases in the multi-crore scam and so far, he has been sentenced to a jail term of 14 years.

Lalu’s previous four convictions

  • Chaibasa Treasury Case- Rs 30.73 crore

Prasad was convicted for the first time on September 30, 2013, in the Chaibasa treasury case, which involved a fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.70 crore. He was sentenced to five years in prison, which resulted in his exclusion from the Lok Sabha. In December of the same year, the Supreme Court granted him bail.

  • Deoghar Treasury Case- Rs 89.27 lakh

On December 23, 2017, Prasad was found guilty in the second case involving a fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar treasury by a special CBI court. In this case, Prasad was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison. After serving half of his sentence, he was given bail in July of this year.

  • Chaibasa Treasury Case- Rs 33.13 crore

On January 24, 2018, Prasad was found guilty for the third time in the Chaibasa treasury case, which involved a fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.13 crore. In this case, he was sentenced to five years in prison.

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  • Dumka Treasury Case- Rs 3.76 crore

On March 19, 2018, a special court found Prasad guilty of fraudulently withdrawing Rs 3.76 crore from the Dumka treasury, sentencing him to 14 years in prison and a fine of Rs 60 lakh.

Lalu has challenged his convictions in the Jharkhand High Court and is currently out on bail.

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Bihar man electrocuted while hoisting tricolor on Republic Day

A man was electrocuted while trying to hoist the national flag on Thursday in Ramnagar area of Bihar’s Sitamarhi district.

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A man was electrocuted while trying to hoist the national flag on Thursday in Ramnagar area of Bihar’s Sitamarhi district.

According to reports, the deceased identified as Abhishek Jha, sustained a high-voltage electric shock while trying to hoist the tricolor on the nation’s Republic Day.

Jha, who ran a private tuition centre, used to hoist the Indian flag every year on Republic Day, however, on this fateful day, an electric current passed through the iron mast and he came in with an 11’000-volt wire.

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Abhiskek Jha died on the spot, while four other persons who tried to save him, sustained grievous injuries, the police said.

The injured have been shifted to Sadar hospital where one of them is reportedly critical.

Last year, a child was killed, while several others sustained severe burns after being electrocuted by coming in contact with a flagpole during a Republic Day function at a local primary school in Bihar’s Buxar district.

The incident took place at Nathpur Primary School on January 26, 2022 during the flag hoisting ceremony. Reports at the time said that the flag pole had a current running through it and the children received an electric shock when they came in contact.

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Two dead after consuming bootleg liquor in Bihar’s Siwan

Two people died while dozens reportedly fell ill after consuming toxic liquor in the Lakari Nabiganj area of Bihar’s Siwan district on Sunday.

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Two people died while dozens reportedly fell ill after consuming toxic liquor in the Lakari Nabiganj area of Bihar’s Siwan district on Sunday.

Reports quoting local police officials said the duo were brought to Siwan hospital where they were declared “brought dead”. They had complained of stomach pain and blurred vision due to consumption of spurious liquor.

They said that five others are hospitalized at the medical facility and cause of death of the two deceased can only be ascertained after post-mortem reports.

The deceased, identified as Janak Bean alias Janak Prasad and Naresh Bean, both residents of Bala village in Siwan’s Nabiganj, complained of stomach pain and blurred vision overnight, following which they were brought to the Siwan Sadar Hospital where the doctors declared them ‘brought dead’.

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The local district administration has started running awareness camps in the village after multiple deaths due to toxic liquor came to the fore.

A local district official said that dozens of people fell ill, while two persons lost their lives after consuming spurious liquor, adding that police and administration have set up camps in the village.

Reports say that the number of deaths due to toxic liquor is likely to increase.

The incident comes a little over a month after the Bihar Police recovered toxic liquor bottles hidden in a gutter in Danapur on December 21, 2022.

The Nitish Kumar regime has banned sale and consumption of alcohol in Bihar since April 2016.

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Patna Police arrest couple allegedly posing as medical students and creating ruckus inside Nalanda Medical College

According to the reports, a couple was sitting inside the campus late at night when the security guard approached them and asked them to leave.

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Patna Police arrest couple allegedly posing as medical students and creating ruckus inside Nalanda Medical College

A couple was arrested on Wednesday by the Patna Police for allegedly posing as medical students of Bihar’s Nalanda Medical College (NMC). The couple, who were faking as students of the college, even created a ruckus when they were caught by the security guard.

According to the reports, a couple was sitting inside the campus late at night when the security guard approached them and asked them to leave. However, the couple began fighting with the security guard and refused to leave, claiming that they were medical students at the same college.

Following this incident, the security guard called the senior students to verify their identities. The seniors then claimed that the couple was not enrolled in their college, which led to a massive fight between them.

Prem Shankar Pandey, a security supervisor at the Nalanda Medical College, said when the seniors asked the couple to leave, the girl called some of her friends in their defense. The reports state that the girl’s friends reached the college premises with sharp weapons and pistols.

Soon after, the authorities informed the police about the incident. The police then intervened and stopped the fight. Panday said that on seeing the police, the men, who had arrived with some weapons, fled the spot.

According to the reports, the police have detained the couple and taken them into custody for interrogation. The police said that the girl is constantly changing her statements. Initially, she claimed to be a medical student, but during interrogation, she said she was a counseling student at a medical college.

The police said they are investigating the matter and will take action further.

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