Fodder scam – Timeline
Lalu Yadav Gets 3.5 Years Jail and 10lakh fine in Fodder Scam
January 1996: The scam surfaces after Deputy Commissioner Amit Khare raids the offices of the Animal Husbandry Department and seizes documents that showed siphoning of funds by non-existent companies in the name of supplying fodder.
11th March: The Patna High Court directs the CBI to probe the scam. The Supreme Court upholds the order.
27th March: The CBI registers an FIR in the Chaibasa Treasury case.
23rd June 1997: The CBI files a charge sheet and makes Lalu Prasad and more than 50 others as accused in the case. Sixty-three cases were registered under IPC Sections 420, 120 (b), and Section 13 (b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
30th July: Lalu Prasad surrenders before a CBI court and sent to judicial custody.
5th April 2000: Charges framed before the special CBI court. Rabri Devi’s name included co-accused. She was granted bail, Lalu Prasad’s bail plea rejected and he was remanded in judicial custody.
5th October 2001: The Supreme Court transfers the scam cases to Jharkhand after the creation of the new State.
2002 February & Dec 2006: Trial begins in the Ranchi special CBI court. Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi acquitted of charges in the disproportionate assets case filed by the CBI
June 2007: The special CBI court in Ranchi sentences 58 persons, including two nephews of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, to jail terms ranging from two-and-a-half years to six years for fraudulently withdrawing Rs. 48 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in the 1990s.
March 2012: Six months after their appearance before the Special CBI court, charges are framed against Lalu Prasad and J.Mishra. The court charges the former with fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 47 lakh from the treasuries at Banka and Bhagalpur districts, where alleged forged and fake bills were drawn by the Animal Husbandry Department in 1995-96 when he was the Chief Minister.
13th August 2013: The Supreme Court rejects Mr. Prasad’s plea seeking the transfer of the trial court judge hearing the case.
17th September: The Special CBI court reserves its judgment.
30th September: Lalu Prasad and J.Mishra, along with 45 others are convicted by Special CBI Judge Pravas Kumar Singh. Lalu Prasad stands disqualified as the member of the Lok Sabha following the verdict. The two cannot contest any election, including those of the Assembly/Council, for six years from the date of their release from jail.
November 2014: The CBI challenges the order of the Jharkhand High Court quashing four pending fodder scam cases against Lalu Prasad on the grounds that a person convicted in one case could not be tried in similar cases based on same witnesses and shreds of evidence. The court upholds the CBI plea to continue proceedings in the trial court against Mr. Prasad under two sections.
November 2016: The Supreme Court pulls up J.Mishra for allegedly dragging and delaying the appeal filed by the CBI challenging the quashing of four pending fodder scam cases against him.
May 2017: The Supreme Court holds that Lalu Prasad and other accused persons, including J.Mishra, will be tried separately for corruption in a criminal case involving the withdrawal of Rs. 84.53 lakh and falsification of records from the Deoghar Treasury in 1991-94
23rd December 2017: A special CBI court in Ranchi to pronounce the judgment in the case