Shivanand Tiwari rubbishes fodder scam charges

Patna: JD(U) National Spokesman Shivanand Tiwari on Thursday rubbished the charges against him and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of being a beneficiary of the multi- crore rupees fodder scam and alleged that it was aimed to "influence" the course of trial against RJD supremo Lalu Prasad in a Jharkhand court.

"The allegations are baseless and frivolous... there is not not even an iota of truth in it," Tiwari told reporters here.

Had the charges been true, the CBI which probed the case 17 to 18 years ago would have called them for clarifying the position, he said.

Tiwari wondered as to why the issue was being raised at the time when the trial had begun in Jharkhand court in one of the cases of the scam involving Lalu Prasad.

Stating that he was also a petitioner in the fodder scam case leading to the Patna High Court ordering a CBI probe, he said had he been recipient or beneficiary of the scam he would not not have moved the court seeking the probe by the agency.

"The entire exercise is aimed at forestalling and influence the trial in the fodder scam case in Jharkhand," he alleged.