Special CBI court summons Lalu on June 9

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Ranchi, May 30 (IANS) A special CBI court in Ranchi on Tuesday summoned two former chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra in connection with the multi-million Animal Husbandry Department (AHD) scam, better known as fodder scam.

They have been asked to appear before it on June 9 in connection with case No. RS64A/96, which is related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 95 lakh from Deoghar treasury in Jharkhand.

The summons follow a Supreme Court order earlier this month, which setting aside a Jharkhand High Court ruling said that Lalu Yadav and other people made accused in different cases of the fodder scam would have to face cases separately.

Lalu Yadav has been convicted and sentenced to five-year imprisonment in one of the five cases faced by him in the fodder scam.

The 900-crore fodder scam surfaced in the early 1990s when Lalu Yadav was the Chief Minister of Bihar. The majority of the cases are related to the southern region of then undivided Bihar, which after the division formed the state of Jharkhand.

–IANS

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