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
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.
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.