13 FODDER SCAM CONVICTS AWARDED SENTENCE

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The special judge of CBI awarded three years of rigorous imprisonment to 13 convicts with fine ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 25 lakh in connection with one of the multi-crore rupee fodder scam cases unearthed in 1990s.

The case no 20/96 was related to Gumla treasury in which Rs 15.9 crore was fraudulently withdrawn during the period between July 1990 and June 1996 on the basis of forged and fabricated allotment letters.

Quantum of punishment for the remaining 33 convicts in the same case would be heard tomorrow.

CBI special judge A H Ansari gave the punishment in which Rajan Mehta, manager of M/S Assian Breeders, was given three years of RI with fine of Rs 25 lakh followed by Ms Madhu Mehta, partner of the same company, with Rs 20 lakh fine.

Another woman punished was Sulekha Devi, proprietor of M/S Shri Shanker Drug House, Ranchi, who was slapped a fine of Rs 25 lakh.

Among senior officers was former director of Animal Husbandry Department Ram Ranjan Ram on whom fine of Rs five lakh was slapped.

In today’s judgment, of the 13 convicts 10 were suppliers.

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