RC 20/96.This is the number of the most high profile case of the fodder scam.Two former CMs of Bihar- Jagannath Mishra and Lalu Prasad Yadav -are among 46 accused in this case.
The CBI designated court headed by Judge PK Singh completed recording statements of all witnesses put up by these accused in their defence on Wednesday.
Now,before it delivers verdict,the court is scheduled to hear arguments by the counsels of the prosecution and the defence.
In all,the CBI had registered 63 cases in the Rs 950 crore fodder scam, which came to light in 1996.
After nearly 16 years of trial, a Jharkhand court some time ago convicted more than 300 accused in 41 of the 53 cases being tried in the state.
Lalu and his wife, former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi, were acquitted in an assets case related to the fodder scam by a Patna court in 2006.
Lalu as well as Mishra, however, still face six criminal conspiracy cases — five in Jharkhand and one in Bihar — which are in the advanced stages of trial.
The chargesheet in the Rc 20/96 case alleged that the accused, including Lalu,Mishra,the then District Animal Husbandry Officer B N Sharma and then Veterinary Officer G P Tripathy withdrew Rs 35.66 crore from Chaibasa treasury between 1994 and 1995 with the help of forged documents.
With the recording of statements of the witnesses of the defence folding up ,the hearing of arguments of the two sides is expected to end soon clearing the decks for passing the verdict before end of this year.