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Jul 09, 2013 at 02:00pm IST

Fodder scam: Relief for Lalu Prasad, Supreme Court stays judgement

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the judgement in the fodder scam case which was to be delivered by the Ranchi CBI court on July 15. The case relates to the alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in the 1990s during Lalu Prasad's regime.

RJD chief, an accused in the scam, had alleged that the judge in the case was impartial as he was a relative of the Janata Dal United leader and state Education Minister P K Sahi. There were allegations that the judge was also related to the complainant Rajiv Rangh Lalan in the case.

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The special CBI court has been hearing arguments for the last one month and had on June 20 directed the accused, including Prasad, to complete arguments by July 1 and fixed July 15 to deliver the verdict.

Besides Prasad, former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra, senior government officials, including IAS officers, and fodder suppliers were to appear before the court on the date.

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As of May 31 this year, verdicts were delivered in 44 of the 53 cases in the Rs 950 crore fodder scam, which was unearthed during the undivided Bihar regime.

(With Additional Inputs from PTI)