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Lalu’s appearance in fodder scam case: That is one reason why he transferred power to his sons so early

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PATNA: RJD chief and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad appeared before the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Patna in connection with a fodder scam case today.

This was apparently his first appearance in the court after both his sons, Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav, were sworn in as ministers in the Nitish Kumar government some five months back.

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The fodder scam cases have cost his political career with Prasad having been banned from contesting any elections in the next one decade after his conviction in one of such cases.

The present case relates to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 4.5 million from Bhagalpur treasury on the basis of forged bills of animal husbandry department in early 1990’s when Prasad was the chief minister of Bihar.

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The CBI had filed the charge-sheet in the case in 2003 after the case was registered in 1996. There are as many as 34 accused in the case.

Prasad accompanied by his predecessor Dr Jagnnath Mishra and other accused persons appeared in the court today and marked his presence there.

After appearing in the court he said he had full faith in the country’s judicial system and would continue to appear wherever asked for that.

“I respect the court. I will continue to appear whenever I will be asked for that,” he told the media outside the court.

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