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SC: Lalu Prasad to be tried for criminal conspiracy in other fodder scam cases


New Delhi: In a big blow to Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Supreme Court on Monday restored conspiracy charges against him in the Rs. 900-crore fodder scam case, making the former Bihar Chief Minister liable to be tried separately in each case linked to the mega fraud, reports said.

According to reports, the apex court bench led by Justice Arun Mishra set aside the Jharkhand High Court order which had said that the entire conspiracy in the fodder scam was one and upheld the CBI challenge against dropping of charges against Lalu Prasad.

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Along with Lalu, Jagannath Mishra and former top bureaucrat Sajal Chakraborty will also face trial in the case.

The apex court also ordered that the trial court complete the trial within nine months.

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Lalu Prasad’s RJD is the main partner in the three-party coalition Government in Bihar that is headed by Nitish Kumar.

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

For him, the conviction in 2013 invited a ban on running for office.


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