Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Fodder Scam: Court Defers Sentencing of Lalu, Others Till Tomorrow

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others who were brought to the court in the morning were taken back to jail RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others who were brought to the court in the morning were taken back to jail
Melinda Barton | 12 January, 2018, 19:01

The Ranchi special CBI court on Wednesday (January 3) deferred the pronouncement of quantum of punishment for RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and other accused in the Deoghar Treasury case (related to the Fodder scam) to January 4.

According to reports, the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge Shivpal Singh arrived in the court at around 11 am.

"The court, forwarding the petition filed by me to the jail authorities, directed it not to prevent me from meeting my client as and when required as per the jail manual for consultation in other fodder scam cases", said advocate Prabhat Kumar.

Lalu Prasad Yadav is also trending on Twitter with hashtag Fodderscam.

Lalu and 15 others were convicted by the court on December 23 and sent to Birsa Munda Jail at Hotwar, on the outskirts of Ranchi.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others who were brought to the court in the morning were taken back to jail. To get that answer we need to wait for the quantum of punishment which will decide the political fortune of the Bihar leader today. He added that "the court has chose to hear the case in alphabetical order".

The trial was completed on December 13 in the CBI court and 10 days later he was convicted. Former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra, who was one of the Prime-accused of the fodder scam, was aquitted by the special CBI court.

The former Bihar chief minister's lawyer had on Tuesday said that they would urge the court for minimum punishment owing to the RJD chief's age. First, it's a 21-year-old case. "Perhaps it's time, Lalu Prasad changed his party's election symbol from lantern to LED bulb", he said. Senior RJD leader, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, asked.