The verdict on Fodder scam has arrived and convicts Lalu Prasad Yadav, the former Chief Minister of Bihar and Phool Chand, Mahesh Prasad, Bake Julious,Sunil Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Sudhir Kumar and Raja Ram shave been entenced to 3.5 years in jail and Rs 5 lakh fine each.
Lalu Prasad Yadav had been convicted of corruption in the Fodder Scam, because he had reportedly embezzled money from the treasury of the state. When the case came to the public light, it meant the end of Lalu’s regime in Bihar and the downfall of his party. Even though the case had been in public eye since the 90s, the major impact was gained when Lalu, and other ministers were accused of corruption. Among them was ex Chief Minister if Bihar, Jagannath Mishra. But Mishra was acquitted of charges recently, even as Lalu was found guilty.
Lalu had pled the judges of the special CBI court to give him minimum sentence because if his health issues, and because almost everyone else who had been involved in the scam had been acquitted by rhe authorities. The theft had continued fir at least thirty years, throughout which Lalu and other ministers had embezzled Rs 9.4 billion from the funds that were meant for the use of agricultural purposes and the public.
The scam was carried out by making false and fictitious livestock records so that the authorities will be fooled into thinking that the money was being used for the well-being of people. Fodder scam was one of the most controversial and revealing corruption scam in India this century because it revealed how the ministers and people in power use the money of public and other resources to gain power and influence.