Former MP, 13 others convicted in fodder scam

RANCHI - A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court Friday convicted former Lok Sabha MP R.K. Rana and 13 others in a multi-million fodder scam case.

A special CBI court of Bireshwar Jha convicted Rana and 13 others in a case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs.28 lakh from Godda district treasury in 1992. The fund was withdrawn on forged bills.

There were 20 people accused in the case. Four died during trial, two confessed and 14 were convicted Friday.

The special CBI court gave two and half years imprisonment to two and said the sentencing of the other 12, including Rana, would take place Saturday.

Rana was elected to the Lok Sabha on a Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) ticket when Jharkhand was a part of Bihar.

When Jharkhand was carved out from Bihar in 2000, 53 of the 61 cases related to the fodder scam were transferred here.

For speedy trial seven CBI courts were constituted. The special CBI courts have delivered judgement in 30 cases. More than 230 accused have been convicted.

The CBI held former railways minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad and former Bihar chief minister Jagganth Mishra accused in five fodder scam cases.

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