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Fodder scam verdict: Congress backs Lalu Prasad, says he was wrongly framed

Why Srijan scam is not being investigated, asks Sanjay Nirupam

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RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav escorted by police officials after being convicted by the special CBI court in a fodder scam case, in Ranchi | PTI Photo

Hours after (RJD) Chief Yadav was convicted in the fodder scam, the Party on Saturday came out in his support, saying that he should not be tortured for a decades-old case.

Speaking to ANI, leader said that Lalu was being framed wrongly in the case.

"The investigation in the has been going on for years and several court procedures have been done in this regard... How long will Laluji be tortured in the same case? I think action should be taken if anything wrong is done but sometimes it seems like Laluji is being targeted deliberately. He is a popular and leader and has been sent to jail, which is wrong," Nirupam said.

leader Manish Tewari also backed Lalu, dubbing the probe agencies as the "pet parrot of the present government".

"In the fodder case, the central charge is alleged embezzlement from the state treasury. Lalu Yadav has been fighting this legal battle since 1996. He and his lawyers are capable of fighting this case", he said in press conference.

He further questioned as to why the government is not investigating the Srijan scam which has same central charges as

"I want to ask BJP why Srijan scam is not being investigated? The central charge was same in this case. Why there is different stroked for different folks, he added

A special (CBI) court earlier in the day found the former chief minister guilty in a case.

Besides Lalu, fourteen others have also been found guilty, while seven accused have been acquitted, including former Chief Minister

The court is scheduled to pronounce the quantum of sentence on January 3, 2018 for the 15 guilties including

Lalu has been convicted in the case relating to embezzling of more than Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

The fodder scam involved the embezzlement of about Rs 900 crore from the exchequer.

First Published: Sat, December 23 2017. 19:26 IST