Lalu sentencing in fodder scam deferred again

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jan 2018 08:57:28



Judge Shiv Pal Singh says, he also received phone calls from the RJD chief’s well-wishers

Lalu says, he favours personal appearance and assures that there would be no slogans raising in the courtroom by his supporters

A SPECIAL court on Thursday deferred the sentencing of Lalu Prasad in a fodder scam case till Friday when it is likely to decide whether to pronounce the quantum of punishment over video-conference or in court with the judge saying he also received phone calls from the RJD chief’s well-wishers.
The case relates to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar treasury 21 years ago.

Deferring the sentencing for the second day in a row, CBI judge Shiv Pal Singh said he would decide on Friday whether the sentence would be given over video-conference or in the court.
To this, Prasad said he was for personal appearance and assured that there would be no slogans raised in the courtroom by his supporters.

The judge also said he had received phone calls from well-wishers of the RJD boss but did not elaborate. With the court room packed, the judge asked the advocates not connected with the fodder scam case to leave.
Fifteen others who were convicted in the scam and were to be sentenced along with Prasad waited in the court, while the RJD chief was whisked away to Birsa Munda jail after this.