RJD chief and ex-Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has been found guilty of illegal withdrawals of ₹ 139.35 crore from the Doranda treasury by a special CBI court in Jharkhand's Ranchi.
Lalu Yadav - who has now been convicted in all five fodder scam cases in which he was named as a conspirator - was present in the courtroom Tuesday morning as Judge CK Shashi read out verdict.
98 other accused were also physically present, of whom 24 were acquitted.
Arguments on behalf of the last accused, Shailendra Kumar, were completed on January 29. All the accused had been ordered to be physically present in the court on the day of the verdict.
Of the original 170 accused in the case, 55 have died, seven have become government witnesses, two have accepted the charges against them and six are absconding.
Apart from Prasad, former MP Jagdish Sharma, the then Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Dhruv Bhagat, Animal Husbandry Secretary Beck Julius and Animal Husbandry Assistant Director Dr K M Prasad are the main accused.
The Rs 950-crore scam relates to fraudulent withdrawal of public funds from government treasuries in various districts of undivided Bihar.
The RJD supremo, who has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and slapped with a total fine of Rs 60 lakh, has secured bail in the four cases related to Dumka, Deoghar and Chaibasa treasuries.