MAK­ING HAY IN LALU LAND

Un­di­vided Bi­har’s trea­sury was cheated of Rs 950 crore us­ing fake An­i­mal Hus­bandry Depart­ment ( AHD) bills from 1990 till 1996, when it was ex­posed

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THE MAIN PLAY­ERS IN THE SCAM

Shyam Bi­hari Sinha, a re­gional di­rec­tor in Bi­har’s AHD, was key ac­cused and fig­ured in all 54 cases. Over 550 peo­ple have been con­victed in the scam so far.

WHO BLEW THE LID OFFTHE SCAM?

CAG first ex­posed ex­cess with­drawals in its an­nual re­port for 1992- 93, 1993- 94, 1994- 95 and 1995- 96. Lalu’s gov­ern­ment took no note and tabled it be­fore state As­sem­bly in 1995. Then Chaibasa DC Amit Khare filed the first FIR in the dis­trict trea­sury case. CBI took over on March 19, 1996. Its case num­ber is RC- 20 A/ 1996. Lalu had to step down as CM in 1997, and has now been con­victed.

SCAM UP­DATE

CBI has reg­is­tered 54 cases in the scam; 52 went to Ranchi’s CBI court af­ter Jhark­hand was cre­ated. A Jhark­hand High Court bench is mon­i­tor­ing the trial. Of two cases tried in Bi­har, Lalu and Rabri were ac­quit­ted in the dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets case. The other one, per­tain­ing to fraud­u­lent with­drawal of Rs 40 lakh from the Bha­galpur trea­sury, is still un­der trial. So far, the courts have dis­posed of 46 of 54 cases.

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