Lalu’s sentencing deferred till today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jan 2018 08:51:07


 

RANCHI,

Court issues contempt notice to RJD leaders Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Shivanand Tiwari and Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi Yadav and Congress leader Manish Tewari for criticising the December 23 conviction of Lalu

DEATH of a Bar Association member forced a special CBI court on Wednesday to put off the sentencing of former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a fodder scam case. The court will announce the sentence at 1400 hrs on Thursday.


The special CBI court also 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.
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.


The case did not come up 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.