Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Fodder case judgment deferred; Lalu in hospital

Fodder case judgment deferred; Lalu in hospital

Jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was admitted to a hospital in Rachi on Saturday after he complained of chest pain at Birsa Mundra Jail, IANS reported.

The court of special judge Shiv Pal Singh had on Friday fixed March 17 as the date for the pronouncement of the order, he said.

The RJD party members came armed with copies of a newspaper article that said that a regular case was filed by the CBI against Lalu Prasad in the land-for-hotels deal even though the legal wing of the CBI said there was "no evidence" against him.

The Nitish Kumar government too owes an explanation on a number of issues such as the extension granted to Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, who has been named as an accused in the fodder scam by the CBI court, and the involvement of Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi's close relatives in the multi-crore-rupee Srijan scam.

The court today heard the petition and would decide it tomorrow, according to Prasad's counsel.

The verdict on the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 3.13 crore from Dumka Treasury was deferred by a CBI special court after RJD leaders' counsel filed a plea.

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Earlier, Lalu's elder son and former Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap along with hundreds of RJD supporters thronged RIMS after the news was flashed in the media that the RJD chief was being admitted there.

Besides Prasad and Mishra, 29 others are accused, including former IAS and animal husbandry department officials, in the Dumka treasury case.

Prasad had already been convicted in three fodder cases while Mishra was convicted in two fodder cases.

He now faces two other cases - one each in Ranchi and Patna.

Doctors at Birsa Munda Central Jail, where Lalu is now lodged after being convicted in two fodder scam cases by a special CBI court, referred him to RIMS.

The CBI court had on January 24 this year sentenced Prasad and Mishra to five years in jail in a fodder scam case in connection with fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.62 crore from the Chaibasa treasury.

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