Fodder Scam: Lalu Prasad Awarded 3.5 Years in Jail; JDU’s KC Tyagi Terms Decision Historic in Bihar Politics
Patna, January 4: The special CBI court in Ranchi will today pronounce the quantum of sentence for Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who was convicted in the fodder scam. The RJD chief along with 15 others were convicted by the special CBI court on December 23.
The special court was supposed to announce the quantum of sentence on Wednesday but after the death of advocate Vindeshwari Prasad the procedure got postponed, news agency ANI reported.
The court had acquitted Jagganath Mishra, another former chief minister of Bihar, who was also one of the accused in the case which involved the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakhs from the Deogarh treasury.
The special CBI court also served contempt notices to senior leaders of the Congress and the RJD for criticising the December 23 conviction of Lalu Yadav on television.
The special CBI judge Shiv Pal Singh directed senior RJD leaders Shivanand Tiwari, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi Yadav and Congress leader Manish Tewari to personally appear before the court on January 23.
Tejashwi Yadav is the leader of opposition in the Bihar Assembly.
The court which was scheduled to pronounce the quantum of punishment to Lalu Prasad and 15 others on Wednesday is likely to announce it on Thursday, a CBI advocate said.
Lalu Yadav and 15 others who were brought to the court in the morning were taken back to Ranchi prison.
The court had on December 23 convicted Lalu Prasad and the other 15 in a fodder scam case, 21 years after it had surfaced. Six others were acquitted.
The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.
The RJD chief has already been convicted in another fodder scam – the Chaibasa treasury case, in which he is out on bail but the conviction cost him his Lok Sabha seat.
He was also disqualified from contesting the elections. The Chaibasa treasury case is the 1990s scam which involves fraudulent withdrawal to the tune of Rs 37.7 crore.