Ex-chief secy of J’khand con­victed in fod­der scam

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Nation - Bedanti Saran bedanti.saran@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

Chakraborty, who was an ac­cused in the said case, didn’t face the trial after April 12, 2012, when the Jhark­hand high court had dis­charged him from the case.

Ag­grieved by this, the CBI had chal­lenged the high court’s or­der in the Supreme Court.

The apex court on May 8 this year had quashed the high court’s or­der re­in­stat­ing the charges against Chakraborty.

Fol­low­ing the Supreme Court’s or­der, the spe­cial CBI court has re­opened the case, sum­mon­ing Chakraborty to face the trial.

The court of spe­cial judge Shambhu Lal Shaw on Novem­ber 8 con­cluded the trial pro­ceed­ings ini­ti­ated against Chakraborty and fixed Novem­ber 14 to pro­nounce the judg­ment.

A 1980 batch IAS of­fi­cer, Chakraborty was charged with abus­ing his of­fi­cial po­si­tion as Chaibasa deputy com­mis­sioner (DC) and con­spir­ing with the co-ac­cused to fa­cil­i­tate the il­le­gal with­drawal of ₹37.7 crore from the Chaibasa trea­sury.

As Chaibasa DC, Chakraborty had never made an in­spec­tion of the trea­sury once in ev­ery six months and did not ex­er­cise con­trol to stop the mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion. In re­turn of his ser­vices, he had re­ceived un­due pe­cu­niary ben­e­fits of a lap­top and two print­ers from the of­fi­cials and sup­pli­ers of the an­i­mal hus­bandry depart­ment.

RANCHI:

For­mer Jhark­hand chief sec­re­tary Sa­jal Chakraborty

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