A special CBI court in Ranchi this afternoon convicted RJD chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad in the fourth fodder scam case but acquitted another former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra.
Judge Shivpal Singh delivered the judgment in case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from December 1995 to January 1996 from the Dumka treasury. The verdict, scheduled on March 15, was deferred four times.
The judge delivered the verdict alphabetically but Lalu Prasad — who was the Chief Minister of undivided Bihar when the multi-million-rupee fodder scam surfaced in 1990s — reached the court after it was delivered. Mishra was, however, present in the court.
Lalu Prasad was admitted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) on Saturday after he complained of constipation. His lawyer was present when the verdict came.
After the judgment, Lalu Prasad returned to RIMS for further treatment.
There were 31 accused in this case, of which 19 were convicted and 12 acquitted.
According to Lalu Prasad’s lawyer Prabhat Kumar, the CBI court will deliver the quantum of the sentence later this week.