Fodder scam: Apex court rejects Lalu Prasad’s plea

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on August 13, 2013

In a big blow to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, the Supreme Court today rejected his plea for transfer of the Special CBI judge hearing the fodder scam case against him in Jharkhand and asked the trial court to pronounce the verdict as soon as possible.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam dismissed the allegations of RJD supremo that the trial judge, being a relative of a minister in the Nitish Kumar Government, is biased against him and questioned Lalu Prasad’s move to raise the issue at the fag end of the trial.

The apex court also set a timeframe for concluding the proceedings granting five days time to CBI and 15 days to accused persons to wrap up their final arguments in the case.

The Bench, also comprising justices Ranjana Desai and Ranjan Gogoi, said that it was not inclined to entertain the allegations levelled against the judge and vacated its stay on the trial court proceedings

The Bench had earlier virtually agreed to transfer the judge and had asked the CBI and Lalu’s counsel to name an alternate judge to hear the case.

The apex court had on July 23 said it would pass order either directing the High Court to appoint a new judge or would itself do so if there is consensus among the parties on name of the judge who is to hear the case.

It had also asked the parties to evolve a consensus on the name of the judge by August 6.

However, on the next date of hearing, the bench refrained from passing any order in view of stiff opposition from JD(U) leader Rajiv Ranjan who had submitted that it would be a “travesty of justice” if the judge is transferred at the fag end of the trial.

Published on August 13, 2013
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