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

Lalu aides in jail to 'serve' him? RJD denies charge

Lalu aides in jail to 'serve' him? RJD denies charge

Lalu Prasad Yadav also reasoned bail plea with Makar Sankranti festival that is celebrated at a large scale amongst Bihari community.

A special CBI court here will pronounce its judgement in the third of five fodder scam cases against RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who has been convicted in two of them, on January 24.

Meanwhile, during the hearing, Lalu requested the court to provide chuda-dahi in the jail on Makar Sankranti on which the court assured him that it will be arranged. He was also found guilty under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

According to the official sources, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had taken a serious view of the reports to this effect and had ordered a high-level probe into the allegations. He also said that he did not utter a word while he was being sentenced, he added.

Another fodder scam case is inching closer to the judgment day, that could cause more trouble for Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is for the eighth time in a jail.

The CBI special judge had on December 23 acquitted former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the case.

The court of special CBI judge Shivpal Singh had on January 3 issued "contempt of court" notices to Tiwary and RJD leaders, including Prasad's younger son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Shivanand Tiwari and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, for allegedly making unwarranted comments against the judgment.

Transporters/suppliers Tripurari Mohan Prasad got seven years imprisonment and Rs 10 lakh fine while Sushil Kumar Sinha was given three-and-a half years in jail and a fine of Rs 5 lakh. The court pronounced its judgement after three days of arguments over the quantum of punishment.

On September 30, 2013, Lalu, Jagannath Mishra and several others were convicted in another case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in the early 1990s. "It can at the best recommend for the same to the high court", Mazumdar argued.

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