Ranchi, Jan 3: A special CBI court deferred till Thursday, January 4, sentencing of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav and others in a fodder scam case. The court had to postpone the sentencing in the high-profile case due to the death of a lawyer Vindeshwari Prasad. The special court, while deferring the pronouncement of quantum of punishment, found RJD leaders Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Tejashwi Yadav and Manoj Jha guilty of contempt of court and summoned them on January 23.
RJD national spokesperson Manoj Jha described court’s summon as ‘shocking’ and said he never said anything against the judiciary. “It is shocking because none of us uttered a single word against the judicial process or the judgement,” he said.
The court had on December 23 convicted Lalu Prasad Yadav and 14 others in the Deoghar Treasury case of the fodder scam.
Lalu, inmate number 3351, has been kept in the upper division of VIP ward of the Birsa Munda jail in Ranchi. Immediately after being convicted by a special CBI court in Ranchi last month, Lalu Yadav had said that he would challenge the verdict in the high court and accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of playing dirty politics. (How Lalu spent his first night in jail)
The RJD chief said he would keep on fighting for social causes till his last breath. “To hide its failures, false rhetoric and to get votes, the BJP uses every dirty immoral trick in politics to change the public perception of its opponents,” Lalu said in a series of tweets.
The fodder scam pertains to the alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar treasury between 1994 and 1996 when Lalu Prasad was the Bihar chief minister. Overall, the fodder scam is the fraudulent withdrawal of more than Rs 900 crore from the Chaibasa treasury for nearly 20 years.