Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Fodder scam case: Lalu Yadav to be sentenced by CBI court today

Fodder scam case: Lalu Yadav to be sentenced by CBI court today

The court had convicted Lalu and 15 others on December 23 in the 21-year-old fodder scam case, and was scheduled to pronounce the jail terms on Wednesday.

Ranchi: A special CBI court on Wednesday served contempt notices to senior leaders of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress for criticising the 23 December conviction of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in a fodder scam case on television. Six others, including former chief minister Jagannath Mishra, were acquitted in the case.

The Special CBI Judge, Shivpal Singh, issued an order against Mr Tejashwi Yadav, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Shivanand Tiwary and Manish Tiwary for giving statement in media against Judiciary. "Lalu ji has also written a message for us and handed it over to his son, which will be read out at the January 6 meet", a senior RJD leader told DNA.

The court had deferred the sentencing till January 4 in the wake of the demise of advocate Vindeshwari Parsad.

Lalu Prasad was escorted back to the Ranchi jail.

The case pertains to an alleged withdrawal of Rs. 89.27 lakh from Deoghar district treasury between 1994 and 1996. He added that "the court has chose to hear the case in alphabetical order". "Perhaps it's time, Lalu Prasad changed his party's election symbol from lantern to LED bulb", he said.

Political observers of the State said if Lalu Prasad got a jail sentence of over three years, "it would have a major impact on the party's rank and file". "There were several chief ministers who were in charge of the finance department when Laluji was not the finance minister or the chief minister so why is he being singled out?"

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