As per the reports, the special CBI court has deferred the sentencing of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav along with 15 others in Fodder Scam case.
However, Lalu's son and his designated "heir apparent", Tejashwi Yadav, and three others had contempt notices issued against them by the CBI court on Wednesday.
The court was expected to pronounce the quantum of the sentence today, a day after it reopened after winter break, but deferred the sentencing to Thursday.
"Lalu Prasad Yadav is a habitual criminal who is used to the prison life". 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. The special court had completed the hearing in the fodder scam case on December 13.
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The case pertains to an alleged withdrawal of Rs. 89.27 lakh from Deoghar district treasury between 1994 and 1996. However, the lawyers would not attend the court after paying condolences to the dead, the RJD chief's lawyer told reporters. Both Lalu and Jagannath Mishra are out on bail in the case.
Lalu Yadav was the chief minister of Bihar during the period. "Perhaps it's time, Lalu Prasad changed his party's election symbol from lantern to LED bulb", he said. First, it's a 21-year-old case. Senior RJD leader, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, asked.
The former chief minister of Bihar had been charged in several cases related to the scam, in which Rs 900 crore were embezzled from the state exchequer for fictitious medicines and fodder for cattle over a period of 20 years.