Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Lalu Prasad seeks minimum punishment in fodder scam

Lalu Prasad seeks minimum punishment in fodder scam

"All four have been issued notices as the court has found their comments on the verdict as contempt", Prabhat Kumar, a lawyer for Lalu Prasad told journalists in Ranchi.

Lalu's advocate has filed a plea before Ranchi Special CBI court to give a minimum sentence to his client because of his failing health. If he gets three years' term, he would get bail soon after sentencing.

Yadav faces another three fodder scam cases for illegal withdrawal of Rs 3.97 crore from the Dumka Treasury, Rs 36 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury and Rs 184 crore from the Doranda treasury.

Lalu Prasad is at present cooling his heels in Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi.

RC64A/96 relates to the fraudulent withdrawal from Deoghar Treasury with the help of 6 fake allotment letters during 1991 to 1994.

However, the court could not pronounce the quantum of punishment on January 4 as well and the sentencing deferred for one more day.

Earlier on December 23, 2016, the court had convicted Lalu Prasad and the other 15 in a fodder scam case, 21 years after it had surfaced.

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With the judge expressing concerns, Lalu Prasad said that he would prefer personal appearance in the court.

The special CBI judge Shivpal Singh will announce the quantum of sentence via video conferencing on Saturday. Lalu Prasad was the chief minister of then undivided Bihar from 1990 to 1997.

"If you feel cold, then play harmonia or tabla to beat the cold", the judge was replying to Lalu's statement that it is "very cold" in prison. Seven accused including former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra have been acquitted in the case.

The death of advocate Vindheshwari Prasad, also led to changes in the schedule of the court's proceedings, as an association of advocates abstained from work as a mark of respect.

The court had heard pre-sentencing arguments in alphabetical order yesterday of former IAS officer Beck Julius, Gopinath Das, RJD leader Jagdish Sharma, transporter/suppliers Jyoti Kumar Jha and Krishna Kumar Prasad.

The trial in the case was completed on 13 December in the special CBI court and 10 days later, he was convicted on 23 December.

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