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Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad’s sentencing postponed till tomorrow

PTI Ranchi | Updated on January 08, 2018

Bihar's former chief minister Lalu Yadav escorted by police officials after appearing at the special CBI court, in Ranchi on Wednesday.   -  PTI Photo

Contempt notices served to senior leaders of the RJD and Congress.

A special CBI court here today served contempt notices to senior leaders of the RJD and the Congress for criticising the December 23 conviction of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in a fodder scam case on television.

CBI judge Shiv Pal Singh directed senior RJD leaders Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Shivanand Tiwari and Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi Yadav and Congress leader Manish Tewari to personally appear before the court on January 23. Tejashwi Yadav is leader of opposition in the Bihar Assembly.



Sentencing postponed

The court which was scheduled to pronounce the quantum of punishment to Lalu Prasad and 15 others today is likely to announce it tomorrow, a CBI advocate said. “The case did not come up today due to a condolence meeting held during the day to mourn the death of two lawyers,” he said.

The RJD chief and the 15 others who were brought to the court in the morning were taken back to jail.

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, including another former chief minister, Jagannath Mishra, were acquitted. The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

Published on January 03, 2018

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