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Fodder scam case: Quantum of sentence for Lalu deferred again

By Chennabasaveshwar

Ranchi Special CBI Court once again deferred the pronouncement of the quantum of sentence for Lalu Prasad Yadav and rest of the accused. Judge Shivpal Singh to pronounce the quantum of sentence via video conferencing tomorrow. RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others were convicted in fodder scam case.

Lalu Prasad Yadav

During the last hearing, the judge said he had received phone calls from well-wishers of the RJD boss but did not elaborate.

Lalu Prasad Yadav's advocate today filed a plea before Ranchi Special CBI Court demanding a minimum punishment to the RJD Chief on health grounds. Lalu Yadav mentioned in his plea "I have no role in this scam directly; consider minimum punishment keeping in view my age and health grounds"

The Special CBI court has postponed the sentencing twice this week. RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others were convicted while acquitting six others including another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra. Lalu Prasad was convicted for fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar treasury during 1991-94. He was sent to Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi.

The Special CBI Court was supposed to sentence the convicts on January 3. With the passing away of advocate Vindeshwari Prasad, the sentencing was postponed.

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