Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday appeared Special CBI Court in Jharkhand's Ranchi for hearing in the fodder scam case. Another former Bihar Chief Minister, Jagannath Mishra also appeared in the court.
Their appearance was in connection with fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 40 lakh from the Bhagalpur treasury in 1996. The court had summoned the accused for personal appearance.
A total of 45 people were named as accused in the case. While some of them died during trial, at least 27 people are on trial currently.
There are 267 witnesses in this particular case of fodder scam in the Animal Husbandry Department during the RJD's rule in Bihar. Of them, 34 have already recorded statements.
Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that Lalu Yadav will have to stand trial in all the four fodder scam cases, setting aside a Jharkhand High Court order that dropped conspiracy charges against the former Bihar chief minister.
Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra reaches Special CBI Court in Jharkhand's Ranchi, for hearing in the fodder scam case. pic.twitter.com/qd01WpZN09â€” ANI (@ANI_news) June 9, 2017
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav reaches Special CBI Court in Jharkhand's Ranchi, for hearing in the fodder scam case. pic.twitter.com/E3lkXxcaVoâ€” ANI (@ANI_news) June 9, 2017
(With inputs from agencies)