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CBI convicted 64 in fodder scam
The CBI on Monday convicted 64 people in the multi-crore fodder scam. The court has found Sajjal Chakravarty, an IAS officer in Jharkhand guilty along with 63 other staff and suppliers of fodder. The Bureau had filed 69 odd cases related to this scam
IN A major development in the prolonged fodder scam case a special court of of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) pronounced verdict against Sajjal Chakravarty, a senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and Jharkhand transport secretary along with 63 government employees and suppliers of fodder.

The special court judge BK Sahay gave this verdict on Monday (July 14) against 64 people for deceitful withdrawal of Rs 39 crore from the exchequer of Chaibasa (now in Jharkhand) in 1993-94. During the time of scam Chakravarty was the deputy commissioner of West Singhbhum district.

In the scam, at least 76 people were accused, of which five died during the trial period; four turned approvers for the CBI, two admitted to their involvement in the scam while one is still at large.

In the nefarious scam, the CBI had lodged a whopping total of 63 cases. And, as Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar in November 2000, 41of those cases went into the jurisdiction of the former state.

A backgrounder to the scam

The fodder scam involves the animal husbandry department of government of Bihar, in which irregularities of nearly Rs 950 crore were committed. Animal husbandary scam popularly known as ’Chara Ghotala’ is one of the biggest scams in the history of Indian corruption.

The then chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav had ordered a probe into the irregularities in the exchequer. However, after a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) the Supreme Court of India sought explanations of the people involved. Subsequently, the case was handed over to the CBI.

Many people who were in this probe committee themselves became accused. The first report on Lalu Prasad Yadav and JN Mishra involved in the scam was issued in 1992 by Bidhu Bhushan Dwivedi, then police inspector in vigilance department, Bihar.
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