Two fodder scam convicts won't be cowed down, vow to clear name
Both of them have refused to go gentle into that good night. They have raged even when the odds have been stacked against them.
K Arumugham and Rajendra Pandey are probably among the last of the fodder scam convicts without slumped shoulders: they nitpick, they point fingers, they refuse to accept the sense of inevitability that 17 years can bring.
Arumugham, 70, secretary of the Bihar animal husbandry department from 1990 to 1992, was found guilty on Monday along with Lalu Prasad Yadav and 43 others in the fodder scam case concerning the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa treasury.
Like seven other convicts, he is on a month's provisional bail, as the prison sentence for his charges is three years.
"I will go to the high court to get the charges against me quashed, as I was not even the AHD secretary during the time of the commission of offence — the withdrawals in this case took place in 1994-95. I had moved to the health department by then," he said.
A lot of what Arumugham has to say is on fodderscamtruth.com, a website he launched in 2009. "Now the CBI judges are convicting persons ruthlessly even when there is no evidence against the accused and rather their innocence has been proved beyond doubt," he has written there.
Arumugham, who himself argued his case in the Supreme Court, is accused in six cases - the same in which former Bihar Chief Ministers Yadav and Jagannath Mishra are also accused. The main charge against him is the same as those against Yadav: umbrella protection to the scamsters.