Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday said that the fodder scam verdict depicts a conspiracy by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to defame party chief Lalu Prasad.
The court is scheduled to pronounce the quantum of sentence on January 3, 2018 for the 15 guilties including Lalu Prasad.
The Deogarh treasury case pertains to money withdrawn, illegally, as the court now says, from the treasury in the years when Lalu Yadav was the Bihar CM. Eleven of them died during the course of the trial, and three turned CBI approvers while two other accused confessed to their crime and were convicted in 2006-07, he added. "The RJD will challenge the CBI court's order in the HC soon", senior party leader Jagdanand Singh, considered close to Lalu, told the media. The acquitted people include Mishra, former Bihar Minister Vidya Sagar Nisad and then Public Accounts Committee chairman Dhruva Bhagat. "This is not the final judgment as we still have High Court and Supreme Court and the final verdict will be given by the Apex Court". The ED in July had also filed a supplementary chargesheet against Bharti's chartered accountant Rajesh Agrawal in connection with the case in which it named around 35 accused, including businessmen brothers Surendra and Virendra Jain and some companies.
Lalu Prasad was sent to Birsa Munda Central Jail.
Lalu Prasad is among 16 people who have been convicted in the fodder scam case.
BJP spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao said: "Lalu symbolises corrupt politics of the country".
Targeting the BJP, Jha said that 11, Ashok Road (BJP headquarter in Delhi) was a "washing machine" that washes away all the taints of any person who bows before the party. "Just like BJP's propaganda was busted in the 2G scam and Adarsh scam, a similar verdict will happen now", he said. The scam involved alleged withdrawal from four treasuries: Patna, Chaibasa, Dumka and Deoghar. While the two Jharkhand cases are pending trial, he has now been convicted in two other Jharkhand cases.