Ranchi. A special CBI court in Ranchi on Saturday held 15 accused persons including former Bihar chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad yadav guilty in a fodder scam case.

However, the court acquitted six other accused persons including former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra.

Yadav, 69, was taken into custody after CBI judge announced the verdict and sent to Birsamunda Jail in Ranchi. The judge will announce the quantum of punishment on January 3, 2018.

The RJD leader posted several tweets on Twitter after the verdict was announced. “Truth can be made to appear as a lie, as ambiguous or a half lie by concerted onslaught of bias driven propaganda. But blurred layer of bias and hatred will still be removed, come what may! In the end Truth will win,” he said in one of the tweets.

In another tweet, he further said: “Powerful people and powerful classes always managed to divide society into ruling and ruled classes. And whenever anyone from lower hierarchy challenges this unjust order, they would be deliberately be punished.”

Yet another tweet from him said: “Had people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Baba Saheb Ambedkar failed in their efforts, history would have treated them as villains. They still are villains for the biased, racist and caste-ist minds. No one should expect any different treatment.”

The conviction of Yadav and 15 others were related to a case of embezzlement of over Rs.89 lakh from Deodhar treasure between 1991 and 1994. The case had initially 34 accused persons. During the course of trial, 11 of them died, while one turned approver and admitted to the crime.

Yadav was the chief minister of Bihar from 1990 to 1997. He was forced to resign after the fodder scam surfaced in 1996. He has already been found guilty of embezzlement of Rs.37 crore in another fodder scam case in October 2013, which cost him his Lok Sabha seat. He has been disqualified to contest elections since then.

 

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