Court convicts 75 accused in a fodder scam case

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New Delhi,
The Special Judge, AHD Cases, Ranchi has today convicted 75 accused including then Chief Minister of Bihar; former MLAs, former Secretary, Govt of Bihar; then Commissioner of Income Tax; then AHD officials; Veterinary Doctors; Proprietors of private companies & other private persons in a Fodder Scam Case. The Trial Court has sentenced 35 accused to undergo three years Rigorous Imprisonment with varying amounts of fine under relevant sections of IPC and others, whereas quantum of punishment in respect of 40 other convicted accused including then Chief Minister of Bihar will be produced on 21.02.2022.

The 35 accused sentenced to three years RI are S/Shri Dhrub Bhagat, then MLA, Bihar; Jagdish Sharma, then MLA, Bihar; Adhip Chandra Chaudhary, then Commissioner, Income Tax, Ranchi; Dr. Brij Nandan Sharma, then District Animal Husbandry Officer, Daltonganj & Chaibasa; Dr. Jitendra Kumar Sriwastwa, then Project Officer, Frozen Semen Bank, Ranchi & AD(P), Poultry Farm, Khunti; Surendra Kumar Singh, then Touring Veterinary Officer, Daltonganj; Dr. Shashi Bhushan Verma, then TVOM, Lohardaga; Dr. Shailendra Kumar Sinha, then TVOM, Chaibasa & then Manager RPF, Hotwar; Dr. Rakesh Kumar Sinha, then Touring Veterinary Officer, Jamshedpur; Dr. Rajendra Baitha, then Sub-Divisional Animal Husbandry Officer, Saraikela;  Dr. Ramashish Singh, then Block Animal Husbandry Officer, AHD, Gumla; Dr. Kamal Kishore Sharan, Poultry Farm, Khunti; Dr. Uma Kant Yadav, then Manager, Pig Development Unit-10, Hotwar; Dr. Ram Kishore Sharma, then Mobile Veterinary Officer, Jamshedpur; Ram Nath Ram, then Sub-Divisional Animal Husbandry Officer, Chakardharpur; Parmeshwar Prasad Yadav, then Progressive Assistant (Statistician), DAHO, AHD, Ranchi; Ashok Kumar Yadav, Proprietor of M/s Ashok Kumar & Brothers, Ranchi; Md. Tauheed, Partner of M/s Chhotanagpur Cattle Food Supply Co., Ranchi & Proprietor of M/s Shaad and Co., Ranchi; Abhay Kumar Sinha, Proprietor of M/s P.N. Enterprises, Ranchi; Shyam Nandan Singh, Proprietor of M/s Shyam Industries, Ranchi; Nand Kishore Prasad, Proprietor of M/s Trishul Enterprises, Ranchi; Sandip Malik, Proprietor of M/s Hindustan Live Stock Agency, Delhi; Smt. Saraswati Chandra, Proprietor of M/s S.R. Enterprises, Patna; Sunil Kumar Sinha, Proprietor of M/s Sree Baba Chemical Works, Patna and Director of M/s Mastrine Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd., Patna; Sushil Kumar Sinha, M/s Samarpan Veterinary Enterprises, Patna and Partner of M/s Manas Sales Corporation, Patna; Rakesh Gandhi @ Sunil Gandhi, Proprietor of M/s Magadh Distributors, Patna; Sharad Kumar, Partner of M/s Medvet, Ranchi/M/s Birsa Live Stock Feeds & Addetives, Ranchi/Managing Director of M/s Q-Max Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Nasik; Nayan Ranjan, Proprietor of M/s Nayan Pharma, Patna; Smt. Sulekha Devi, Proprietor of M/s Sree Shankar Drug House, Ranchi; Madan Mohan Pathak, Partner of M/s Swarnrekha Medical Agency, Ranchi & Representative of M/s Baphar Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Muzaffarpur; Sanjay Kumar, Proprietor of M/s Hindustan Pharmaceuticals, Patna; Smt. Manju Bala Jaiswal, Proprietor of M/s R.K. Bhagat & Co., Ranchi; Rabindra Prasad, Manager of M/s Magadh Chemical Corporation, Patna; Ram Nandan Singh, Proprietor of M/s Agrovet Sales & Services/Caretaker, M/s Agrovet Industries, Ranchi and Rajan Mehta, Manager of M/s Asian Breeders (India), New Delhi.

            The other 40 convicted accused, whose sentence will be pronounced on 21.02.2022, have been sent to Judicial Custody. These are S/Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav, then Chief Minister, Bihar; Dr. Rabindra Kumar Rana, then  MLA, Bihar Legislative Assembly; Beck Julius, then Secretary, AHD, Govt. of Bihar, Patna; Mahendra Prasad, then Treasury Officer, Doranda Treasury, Ranchi; Devendra Prasad Srivastva, then Treasury Officer, Doranda Treasury, Ranchi; Dr. Radha Raman Sahay, then Drawing & Disbursing Officer, AHD, Ranchi; Krishna Mohan Prasad, then Assistant Director (Planning), AHD, Ranchi; Junul Bhengraj, then Regional Director, AHD, Ranchi/then DAHO, Chaibasa/then GM, GCF, Hotwar; Dr. Gauri Shankar Prasad, then District Animal Husbandry Officer, Ranchi & Chaibasa; Dr. Ram Prakash Ram, then District Animal Husbandry Officer, Palamu & Jamshedpur and then In-Charge DAHO, Chaibasa; Dr. Jaswant Sahay, then Assistant Director (Poultry), Chaibasa; Dr. Rabindra Kumar Singh, then TVOM Chaibasa/then In-charge Store, FSB, Hotwar; Dr. Prabhat Kumar Sinha, then TVOM, Daltonganj; Dr. Laliteshwar Prasad Yadav, then Manager, PBF-20, Hotwar; Dr. Krishna Bihari Lal, then Manager, RPF, Hotwar/then In-charge, Central Godown, Ranchi; Dr. Ajit Kumar, then Assistant Farm Manager, Govt. Cattle Farm, Hotwar, Ranchi; Dr. Chander Kishore Lal, then Assistant Manager Regional Poultry Farm, Hotwar, Ranchi; Dr. Birsa Oraon, then Assistant, Farm Manager, Govt. Cattle Farm, Hotwar/then Manager, Govt. Cattle Farm, Saraikela; Dr. Shiv Nandan Prasad, then Assistant Director (Poultry), Jamshedpur; Dr. Arjun Sharma, then Assistant Director (Poultry), Chaibasa; Dr. Mukesh Kumar Srivastava, then Assistant Director (Poultry), Chaibasa; Dr. Braj Nandan Prasad Verma, Poultry Farm, Hotwar; Dr. Nalini Ranjan Prasad Sinha, then Farm Manager/RM, Pig Breeding Farm, Hotwar; Nitya Nand Kumar Singh, then Budget & Accounts Officer, AHD, Patna; Ravi Nandan Kumar Sinha, Proprietor of M/s A. Traders, Patna; Md. Sayeed, Proprietor of M/s M.S. Enterprises, Ranchi & Partner of M/s Chhotanagpur Cattle Food Supply Co., Ranchi; Jagmohan Lal Kakkar, Partner of M/s Navketan Enterprises, Ranchi; Mohinder Singh Bedi, Proprietor of M/s Semex Cryogenics, Delhi; Dayanand Prasad Kashyap, Partner of M/s Baishnow Enterprises, Ranchi; Suresh Kumar Dubey, Proprietor of M/s Chhotanagpur Veterinary Enterprises, Ranchi; Umesh Dubey, Proprietor of M/s Jai Bhandar & Suppliers, Bihar and Proprietor of M/s Janta Veterinary; Satyendra Kumar Mehra, Proprietor of M/s Satyendra Construction Co., Ranchi; Rajesh Mehra, Partner of M/s Vee Kay Commercial Traders, Ranchi; Dr. Bijayeshwari Prasad Sinha, Proprietor of M/s Ekta Veterinary Works, Ranchi; Tripurari Mohan Prasad,  Partner of M/s Manas Sales Corporation, Patna/Director of M/s Mastrine Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd., Patna; Bal Krishna Sharma, Proprietor of M/s Sree Gauri Agency, Bhagalpur; Dr. Ajit Kumar Verma, Proprietor of M/s Little Oak Pharmaceuticals, Calcutta; Ravi Kumar Mehra, Proprietor of M/s Arke Enterprises, Ranchi; Mahendra Kumar Kundan, Proprietor of M/s Krishna Traders, Ranchi and Rajendra Kumar Harit, Proprietor of M/s Pooja Roadlines, Ranchi.

CBI had registered a case in compliance of orders dated 11.03.1996 of Hon’ble Patna High Court & orders dated 19.03.1996 of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, and taken over the investigation of Case No. 60/96 earlier registered at Police Station Doranda against Shri K.N. Jha, Regional Director, Animal Husbandry Department, South Chhotanagpur Region, Ranchi and 72 other persons on a complaint from Dy. Commissioner, Ranchi. It was alleged that during the period between 1990-91 and 1995-96, then AHD officials in conspiracy with unscrupulous suppliers & others withdrew and misappropriated a sum of Rs. 182.82 crore (approx.) from Doranda Treasury, Ranchi under the pretext of making payment to the suppliers, who submitted spurious/bogus bills falsely showing supply of feed, fodder, vet. medicines etc. It was further alleged that the amount, so withdrawn, was eventually misappropriated.

During investigation, roles of bureaucrats, politicians including the then Chief Minister of Bihar & others came to the fore. 03 chargesheets were filed in the Court of Special Judge, AHD Cases, Ranchi on 08.05.2001, 07.06.2003 and 24.06.2003 against the accused including Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav, then Chief Minister, Bihar, other Politicians, Bureaucrats, Veterinary Doctors, treasury officials, suppliers etc. During investigation, an alleged fraud of Rs. 139.35 crore (approx.) was found. Charges were framed on 06.07.2005. During trial, 575 Prosecution Witness were examined and around 4,200 documents were got exhibited.

The Trial Court found 75 accused guilty and convicted them. 24 accused have been acquitted by the Court.

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