FOUR TO FIVE YEARS RIGOROUS IMPRISONMENT WITH FINE RANGING FROM RS.TWO LAKHS TO RS.1.5 CRORE TO THIRTY SEVEN ACCUSED PERSONS INCLUDING THEN CHIEF MINISTER, THEN MLA, THEN SECRETARIES OF BIHAR GOVT, PRIVATE PERSONS AND OTHERS IN ONE OF THE FODDER SCAM CASES

Press Release
New Delhi , 03.10.2013

        The Special Judge, CBI, Ranchi (Jharkhand) has today sentenced 37 accused persons in one of the Fodder Scam Cases to undergo Rigorous Imprisonment from four to five years with fine ranging from Rs.Two Lakhs to Rs.1.5 crore in one of the Fodder Scam cases. 

 

        The remaining 37 accused including Shri Lalu Prasad, the then Chief Minister & Finance Minister, Govt of Bihar to undergo five years Rigorous Imprisonment with a fine of Rs.25 lakhs; Dr Jagannath Mishra, the then MLA & Leader of Opposition, Bihar Vidhan Sabha to undergo four years RI with a fine of Rs. 2 lakhs ; Shri Jagdish Sharma, the then MLA & Chairman of Public Accounts Committee to undergo four years RI with a fine of Rs.5 lakhs; Shri  R.K. Rana, the then MLA to undergo five years RI with a fine of Rs.30 lakhs; Shri Phool Chand Singh, IAS, the then Finance Commissioner, Shri Mahesh Prasad & Shri Beck Julius, IAS, both the then Secretaries,  AHD, Govt. of Bihar,  all three to undergo four years RI with a fine of Rs.2 lakhs; Shri Adhip Chandra Choudhary, IRS, the then Commissioner, Income Tax, Ranchi to undergo four years RI with a fine of Rs.3 lakhs; Dr. Kirti Narayan Jha, the then Regional Director, AHD, Ranchi to undergo five years RI with fine of Rs.1.5 crore; Dr. Krishna Mohan Prasad, the then Assistant Director, AHD, Ranchi to undergo five years RI with fine of Rs.1.5 crore; Shri Silas Tirkey, the then Treasury Officer, Chaibasa to undergo five years RI with fine of Rs.20 lakh; Braj Nandan Sharma, then District Animal Husbandry Officer, Ranchi to undergo five years RI with fine of Rs.1.5 crore; Mukesh Kumar Srivastva, then Asstt Poultry Officer, Chaibasa to undergo five years RI with fine of Rs.1.5 crore; Gaya Prasad Tripathi, then M.V.O, Ranchi to undergo five years RI with fine of Rs.1.5 crore; Arjun Sharma, then Asstt Poultrry Officer, Chaibasa to undergo five years RI with fine of Rs.1.5 crore; Braj Bhusan Prasad, then Budget & Accounts Officer, Patna to undergo five years RI with fine of Rs.1.5 crore; Gauri Shankar Prasad, then D.A.H.O, AHD, Ranchi to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs.5 lakh and suppliers i.e Ajit Kumar Verma, Prop. M/s Little oak Pharmaceuticals, Kolkata to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs.15 lakh; Ravi Shankar Sinha, Prop. M/s A Traders, East Patal Nagar, Patna to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs.15 lakh; Tripurari Mohan Prasad, Prop. M/s Bihar Surgico & Partner M/s Manas Sales Corporation to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs. 30 lakh; Sushil Kumar, M/s Samarpan Vet & Partner Samarpan House, Patna to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs. 30 lakh; Md Sayeed, Partner M/s Chotanagpur Cattle food Supply Co, Ranchi to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs. 5 lakh; Md Snaul Haque, Partner M/s Chotanagpur Cattle food Supply Co, Ranchi to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs.5 lakh; Md Ekram,M/s Chotanagpur Cattle   Supply Co, Ranchi to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs. 5 lakh; Md Huuian,M/s Chotanagpur Cattle food Supply Co, Ranchi to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs. 5 lakh; Md Touheed, Prop M/s Shaad & Co, Ranchi to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs. 20 lakh; Vijay Kumar Mallik, Prop, M/s Mallik Enterprises, Delh to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs. 20 lakh; Mahendra Singh Bedi, Prop. M/s Semex Cryogenics, New Delhi to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs. 15 lakh; Harish Kumar,Partner M/s Asian Breeders, Palam, New Delhi to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs. 3 lakh; Rajan Mehta, Manager, M/s Asian Breeders, Palam, New Delhi to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs. 3 lakh; Ajay Kumar Sinha, Prop. M/s Meeta Pharma, Patna to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs. 5 lakh; Sanjay Sinha, Prop. M/s Sanjay Sinha, Ranchi to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs. 3 lakh; Satendra Kumar Mehra, Prop, M/s Vishal Entrprises, Ranchi to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs. 15 lakh; Rabindra Kumar Mehra, Prop M/s Arke Enterprises, Ranchi to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs.5 lakh; Sunil Gandhi, Prop M/s Magadh Distributors, Patna to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs. 3 lakh; Dayanand Prasad Kashyap, Partner M/s Baishnav Enterprises, Ranchi to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs. 3 lakh; Mahendra Prasad, Defacto Prop M/s S R enterprises, Nalanda, Bihar to undergo four years RI with fine of Rs. 2 lakh.

 

        The CBI had registered this case on 27.03.1996 in compliance with direction on 19.03.1996 of Hon'ble Supreme Court of India and took over the investigation of the case which was earlier registered by Chaibasa Police Station (Bihar) vide Case No.12/1996 dated 20.02.1996.

 

        After thorough investigation, chargesheet in this case was filed on 23.06.1997 against 56 accused persons, including then Chief Minister; then MLA, then Cabinet Ministers; IAS Officers; officials of AHD(All of Bihar Govt); IRS Officer; private suppliers & others, alleging fraudulent withdrawal of an amount of Rs.37.70 crores(approx.) from Chaibasa Treasury during the financial year 1994-1995 on the basis of forged & fabricated allotment letters and spurious bills, raised either without effecting the supply of any materials viz Vet. Medicines, Instruments (Artificial Insemination Ket), Yellow Maize and Ground Nut cake etc to District Animal Husbandry Officer of Chaibasa.

 

        Out of a total of 56 chargesheet persons, 07 (Seven) persons i.e the then Regional Director; the then Director, AHD, Patna; the then Manager of Cattle Farm, Saraikela; two then both Cabinet Ministers; two suppliers expired during trial. Two accused i.e one supplier and one then Administrative officer of Animal Husbandry Department Patna were granted pardon after they disclosed the material evidence and were taken as approvers. One accused namely Pramod Kumar Jaiswal, Supplier confessed and was convicted during the trial of the case. One  accused, then Dy. Commissioner of West Singhbhum Chaibasa was discharged by the Hon’ble Jharkhand High Court on the ground of his conviction in another case for similar charges for the preceding financial year. 

 

        The Trial Court held guilty all the remaining 45 accused persons facing trial U/s 120-B, 420,467,468,477A IPC &  13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of the PC Act 1988 and sentenced eight accused persons viz. Vidya Sagar Nishad, the then Cabinet Minister, AHD, Govt. Of Bihar; Dhruv Bhagat, the then MLA & Chairman Public Accounts Committee; K.Arumugam, IAS, the then Secretary, AHD, Govt. Of Bihar and private persons i.e Smt. Bimla Sharma; Smt. Madhu Mehta; Smt. Shiv Kumar Devi; Shri Sunil Kumar Sinha & Rajesh Verma  to undergo three years Rigorous Imprisonment with fine ranging between Rs.50,000/- to Rs.5 lakhs on 30.09.2013.

 

        The remaining 37 accused persons have been sentenced today.

 

        This is 45th Fodder Scam Case having been disposed off from trial at Ranchi.

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