Ranchi, Nov 1 (UNI) Jharkhand High Court today directed the CBI special court, Ranchi, not to take any coercive steps till December 3 against Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and three other accused in connection with the fodder scam case of Dumka treasury.
Justice D P Singh passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Lalu, the then Bihar Chief Minister, besides Dr K M Prasad, former animal husbandry official, Vidya Sagar Nishad and Dr Rabindra Kumar Rana.
The CBI special court, Ranchi, had earlier issued the summons to the Railway Minister, also the RJD supremo, and others to appear before the court on November 23 in connection with the RC 39A/96 fodder scam case.
Mahesh Jethmalani, Chitranjan Sinha and Prabhat Kumar appearing on behalf of the petitioners filed a writ petition before Jharkhand High Court against the CBI order.
The lawyers, appearing on behalf of the petitioners, argued that the order was in violation of the apex court rule. The apex court has directed that the accused involved in the fodder scam cases should be tried treasury wise. The cases should not be clubbed, the lawyers added.
The petitioners are accused in RC 47A/96 (Ranchi treasury), RC 20A/96, RC 68A/96 (Chaibasa treasury), RC 38A/96 and RC 64A/96 (Godda treasury).
RC 39A/96 is related to Dumka treasury and the petitioners were not accused in the case.
The CBI court took cognizance on the defense witness deposed by Mahendra Prasad, one of the accused in RC 39A/96 and seven other fodder scam cases.
Prasad pleaded guilty before the court and was handed down punishment of five years in the same case.