R K Rana and Dhruv Bhagat were considered close associates of RJD leader Laloo Praad Yadav at one time
A special CBI court in Ranchi has sentenced former member of Parliament from Bihar, R K Rana, and former legislator Dhruv Bhagat, to five years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2 lakh each in the Rs 900 crore fodder scam.
The case against them relates to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37 lakh from Godda treasury in 1995-96. Both are considered to be close aides of former Union railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who, along with former chief minister, the late Jaganath Mishra, were the the main accused in the case. Rana had won parliamentary seat on RJD ticket and Bhagat was a BJP MLA.
Both men were convicted on May 31; the sentence was pronounced on June 3. Other convicts, who were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for six years, include O P Diwakar and A K Sinha, former employees of the animal husbandry department, and B B Prasad and Rakesh Sinha, employees of the treasury department.
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