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Just ahead of 69th B’day, Lalu suffers yet another setback- second time in a month!


PATNA: Even as his party men plan a mega birthday party for RJD chief Lalu Prasad who turns 69 on June 11 this year, he received yet another setback today when a special CBI court in Ranchi restored charges of conspiracy, cheating and corruption against him in a long-pending fodder scam case.

The setback came early Friday morning when Prasad appeared in the court in connection with a fodder scam case involving fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 9 million from the Deoghar treasury.

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Media reports said the charges were restored in keeping with May 8 ruling by the Apex court which ordered that the RJD president would be facing separate trial in remaining four fodder scam cases while directing the trial court to conclude these trials within nine months.

According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the court restored sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and section 13 (1)(d) (corruption, abusing his office as public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Prasad.

These three sections were earlier dropped by the Jharkhand High Court in 2014 but the SC quashed that order in response to a CBI appeal on May 8, as per the HT report.

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