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Fifth Fodder Scam Case verdict: Lalu Prasad Yadav sentenced to 5 years in prison, fined Rs 60 lakh

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Verdict in fodder scam case: Ranchi’s CBI court has sentenced RJD leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav to 5 years imprisonment in the fifth fodder scam case. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 60 lakh on the leader.

Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said after the court’s decision, “I will not comment on the court’s decision. It is not the final decision. High Court is the Supreme Court. We have challenged it in the High Court and We hope that the decision of the lower court will be changed in the High Court.

The three-time chief minister was found guilty on February 15, 2022 along with 39 others in the fifth fodder scam case. The fifth fodder scam case involved illegal withdrawal of Rs 139.5 crore from Doranda treasury as part of the fodder scam. In 1995-96, when Lalu Prasad Yadav was the Chief Minister of Bihar.

The 73-year-old leader is out on bail and is unwell. After the announcement of his conviction, he was taken to the jail hospital in Ranchi on February 15. He attended the latest court hearing announcing the quantum of his sentence via videoconferencing.

Fifth Fodder Scam Case: What is it about?

  • RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was among the 99 people who were initially suspected in the fifth fodder scam case, which involved illegal withdrawal of Rs 139.35 crore from the Doranda treasury in 1995-96.
  • The case is considered the most significant as it involved such a huge amount of money and the longest period of fraudulent withdrawals from the Doranda Treasury between 1990-91 and 1995-96.
  • In the name of purchasing fodder, medicines and equipment for the Animal Husbandry Department (AHD), the amount was fraudulently withdrawn.
  • A case was registered in this regard at Doranda police station on February 17, 1996. The Patna High Court had ordered a CBI inquiry into the matter on March 11, 1996.
  • The state government had approached the Supreme Court against the order but their plea was rejected.
  • Lalu Yadav and 39 others were found guilty by a CBI court in Ranchi on February 15, after which they were lodged in the Birsa Munda Central Jail and then shifted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi.
  • The former Bihar CM had secured bail after serving a 14-year jail term in four cases related to Dumka, Deoghar and Chaibasa treasury.
  • He was first convicted in the first case in 2013 and then in the second case in 2017.
  • He was convicted in the third and fourth cases in January and March 2018 respectively.


The CBI had registered a total of 64 cases in connection with the multi-crore fodder scam and Lalu was suspected to be involved in six of them. Of the six cases, five were transferred to Jharkhand after the bifurcation of Bihar and one was disposed of in Patna.

A case related to the fodder scam is pending in the CBI court of Patna. The case is related to illegal withdrawal of money from the Bank-Bhagalpur treasury.

In all, the fodder scam involving fraudulent withdrawals of around Rs 950 crore involved rampant corruption, which involved embezzlement of funds for animal feed from several government treasuries across Bihar. The animal husbandry department had allegedly issued fake bills to facilitate the scam.

Lalu Prasad Yadav, who has been in jail since December 2017, has served most of his sentence at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Jharkhand due to ill health. He was brought to Delhi in January 2021 after his health deteriorated.

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