Fodder scam files: BJP slams partners in crime Lalu, Nitish

In this file photo, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar & RJD Chief Lalu Prasad greet each other after Mahagathbandhan's (Grand Alliance) victory in Bihar assembly elections at RJD office in Patna. Photo: PTI

With important files related to the fodder scam reportedly missing from the animal and fisheries resources department office in Patna, Union Minister and BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Wednesday alleged that this was all being done to get a clean-chit for RJD Supremo Lalu Prasad by his partner in crime Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Rudy said this is all being done by the incumbent grand alliance government in Bihar to facilitate Lalu's acquittal.

"The missing files signify there are people in the system trying to get a clean-chit for Lalu Prasad. Prasad and Nitish Kumar are friends and they are partners in crime," he told ANI.

Rudy recalled that the RJD boss had to quit as the Bihar chief minister in 1997 because he was charged and sentenced in the fodder scam.

"Thereafter, the CBI chargesheeted him. He was put behind the bars. He had to quit his position as the chief minister," he said.

"There are reports that the file pertaining to the fodder scam has been stolen. And it clearly emphasizes that there are people in the system who possibly would be working to give a clean-chit or to assist or facilitate the acquittal of Lalu Prasad," he added.

Continuing his tirade against the Nitish-Lalu duo, Rudy said crime has increased in Bihar, adding the state government has begun to protect the criminals.

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"It seems it's a part of that very same chain. We are all very concerned that the process of law and the process of justice will stand vitiated if such incidents happen where the files pertaining to fodder scam are stolen," he added.

Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered at the Old Secretariat police station in this regard.

The fodder scam involved the embezzlement of about Rs 9.4 billion from the government treasury of Bihar.

The fodder scam relates to fraudulent withdrawal of around 1,000 crore rupees by animal husbandry department from various districts when Lalu was the Bihar chief minister from 1990 to 1997.

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