The Special CBI Court in Ranchi deferred the pronouncement of quantum of sentence in the fodder scam case for tomorrow. RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others were convicted in a fodder scam case 21 years after it had surfaced while acquitting six others including another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra.
The Special CBI Court was supposed to sentence the convicts today. Quantum of sentence has not been pronounced today due to the passing away of advocate Vindeshwari Prasad, reported ANI.
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.
Quantum of sentence to be pronounced in a fodder scam case, today: Lalu Prasad Yadav leaves from Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi, for Special CBI Court pic.twitter.com/b9BBWFd8Xp— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018
Lalu Prasad's lawyer had on Tuesday told reporters that they would press for minimum punishment in the case. "Lalu is 70-years-old and suffering from many diseases. We will seek minimum punishment for him," he said. According to lawyers, Lalu Prasad can be awarded three to seven years of punishment. If he gets three years punishment, he would get bail soon after sentencing.
However, RJD alleged that Laluji had been charged with connivance as he was the finance minister then - the charge is not direct. "The withdrawal had been taking place since 1977. There were several chief ministers who were in charge of the finance department when Laluji was not the finance minister or the chief minister so why is he being singled out?" Senior RJD leader, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, asked.
The party was waiting to know the quantum of punishment to Lalu Prasad had to be pronounced on January 3 and would then decide its course of action, Sidiqqui added.
(With agency inputs)