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May 08, 2017

RJD Chief, Other Accused Will Face Separate Trials For Each Case In Fodder Scam: SC

Lalu Prasad

On May 8, the Supreme Court ruled that the RJD chief and other accused will face separate trials for each case in the Rs 900 crore fodder scam.

SC has set aside 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.

Along with Lalu, Jagannath Mishra and ex-top bureaucrat Sajal Chakraborty will also face trial in the case. Also, the Supreme Court ordered that the trial court complete the trial within nine months.

Lalu Prasad has already been convicted by trial court and sentenced to 5 years jail term in Chaibasa treasury withdrawal case.

While criticising Jharkhand High Court for dropping conspiracy charge against Lalu Prasad in Deoghar treasury case, the top court said that "The HC gave relief to Lalu Prasad ignoring settled principle of law."

Also, SC 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.

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