Ranchi, Jan 6: The Ranchi Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court is likely to pronounce the quantum of sentence for RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in connection with the fodder scam today at 4 PM. The sentencing of Lalu Prasad will be pronounced via video conferencing. The hearing of quantum of sentence for Lalu Prasad Yadav and four other accused in the fodder scam was completed on Friday and the sentencing is likely to be read out today at 4 PM. Also Read - Phone Call Row: Lalu Prasad Shifted From Hospital Director's Bungalow to Paying Ward
“As per discussions held in the courtroom, there is all likelihood that the judge will pronounce the quantum of punishment to all convicts on Saturday through video conferencing,” said Prasad’s advocate Prabhat Kumar. (Also Read: No Relaxation in Jail Norms For Meeting Lalu Prasad: Jharkhand CM Unlikely to Entertain RJD Plea) Also Read - Twitter Removes Sushil Modi's Tweet For Violating Rules, He Had Made Lalu Prasad's Alleged Mobile Number Public
The former chief minister was supposed to be sentenced on Friday after the special CBI court deferred it twice i.e., once till Thursday (January 4) and then till Friday (January 5). The sentence to Lalu Prasad Yadav was originally supposed to read out on January 3 but was deferred till next day in wake of the demise of advocate Vindeshwari Parsad. (Also Read: Truth Will Win, Tweets Lalu Prasad Yadav After Conviction in Fodder Scam Case) Also Read - First Session of Newly-Constituted Bihar Legislative Assembly To Start From Today
Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday moved an application before CBI judge Shivpal Singh seeking leniency in the sentencing over health grounds and old-age. Arguing for leniency and lesser punishment for his client, Prabhat Kumar said that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav suffers from various health ailments, including uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension and has even undergone heart surgery.
“He is 70 years old and has been virtually punished by making him do the rounds of court and jail to pursue the 21-year-long fodder scam cases,” Kumar argued. He added that the former Bihar CM had already been awarded five years of imprisonment in 2013 in fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37 crore from Chaibasa treasury.
On the other hand, CBI’s lawyer on Thursday requested the judge Shivpal Singh to hand out the maximum sentence to Lalu Yadav in the fodder scam case. “I will request the Ranchi Special CBI Court judge to give maximum sentence to the accused so that no one tries to commit such a heinous crime,” the CBI counsel said.
Lalu Yadav was convicted on December 23 and was sent to Birsa Munda central jail. The special CBI court on Thursday found RJD leaders Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Tejashwi Yadav and RJD national spokesperson Manoj Jha guilty of contempt of court. The court has summoned them on January 23.