Published On : Fri, Jan 5th, 2018

Lalu asks for leniency in sentencing on health grounds

Lalu Prasad Yadav
New Delhi: A special CBI court is likely to pronounce the quantum of punishment for Lalu Prasad Yadav in a fodder scam case today. Yadav through his counsel, moves a written plea in the court of Shivpal Singh in Ranchi, praying for leniency in sentencing on health grounds.

The case relates to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar treasury 21 years ago. Deferring the sentencing for the second day in a row yesterday, CBI judge Shiv Pal Singh said he would decide today whether the sentence would be given over video conference or in the court.

To this, Prasad said he was for personal appearance and assured that there would be no slogans raised in the courtroom by his supporters.

The judge also said he had received phone calls from well-wishers of the RJD boss but did not elaborate.With the court room packed, the judge asked the advocates not connected with the fodder scam case to leave.

Fifteen others who were convicted in the scam and were to be sentenced along with Prasad waited in the court, while the RJD chief was whisked away to Birsa Munda jail after this.

The court had on December 23 convicted Prasad and 15 others in this fodder scam case and acquitted six others including another former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra.

The court had convicted Prasad for offences of cheating with criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.