For­mer chief secy of J’khand con­victed

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation - Bedanti Saran bedanti.saran@hin­dus­tan­times.com ▪

RANCHI: A special CBI court in Ranchi on Tues­day con­victed for­mer Jhark­hand chief sec­re­tary, Sa­jal Chakraborty, in a fod­der scam.

The case re­lates to the fraud­u­lent with­drawal of ₹37.7 crore from the Chaibasa trea­sury in 1994-95 when he was deputy com­mis­sioner of the district.

The quan­tum of pun­ish­ment would be an­nounced on Novem­ber 21. The 62-year-old for­mer bu­reau­crat, pop­u­lar for his ec­cen­tric life­style and kind­ness to­wards an­i­mals, had ar­gued the case on his own most of the time.

The vo­cif­er­ous or­a­tor, how­ever, on Tues­day kept silent and went mo­rose as the judge pro­nounced the ver­dict hold­ing him guilty.

Chakraborty was soon taken into cus­tody and by the time of fil­ing of this re­port and prepa­ra­tions were on to send him to the Birsa Munda Cen­tral Jail here.

A Type-I di­a­betic and a chronic car­diac pa­tient for decades, Chakraborty has mul­ti­ple ail­ments and was re­cently un­der­go­ing treat­ment for acute de­pres­sion.

His doc­tors said the con­vic­tion would fur­ther tell on his health.

Chakraborty’s lawyer, AK Mi­tra, said that the case was dis­posed of in 2013 with the con­vic­tion of all ac­cused, in­clud­ing two for­mer Bi­har chief min­is­ters — Ja­gan­nath Mishra and Lalu Prasad.

The then JD(U) par­lia­men­tar­ian, Jagdish Sharma, was also con­victed. The con­vic­tion got Prasad and Sharma dis­qual­i­fied from Par­lia­ment. Three IAS of­fi­cers — Beck Julius, Ma­hesh Prasad and Phool Chand Singh — were also con­victed in the case.

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