Lalu Prasad Yadav moves Jharkhand High Court against conviction, seeks bail

  • Lalu Prasad Yadav moves Jharkhand High Court against conviction, seeks bail

Lalu Prasad Yadav moves Jharkhand High Court against conviction, seeks bail

In a major reprieve to Congress leader Manish Tiwari, the Jharkhand high court on Friday stayed the "contempt of court" notice issued by special CBI court, Ranchi, for allegedly making adverse comments against the fodder scam judgment that convicted RJD chief Lalu Prasad on December 23 a year ago. However, sources said that the hearing will not proceed until Lalu is present in the court.

The special judge also sent 15 other convicts in the case to prison for terms varying between three and six months and seven years under sections of Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act. The SDM also said that he had never spoken to the CBI judge.

Reacting to the verdict, the BJP and its ally Janata Dal-United said no one was above the law while the RJD claimed its leader fell prey to a "conspiracy" by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the saffron party.

The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered a probe into allegations that two senior state government officials had called the special CBI judge and sought favours for RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav.

Reports had claimed that Jalaun district magistrate Mannan Akhtar and sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Bhairpal Singh had phoned special CBI judge Shivpal Singh and sought leniency in a fodder scam case against Lalu. The maximum fine imposed was Rs 10 lakh, slapped on three convicts including Jagdish Sharma, former Public Accounts Committee chairman, while they and three others got the seven years in jail too.

Another fodder scam case is inching closer to the judgment day, that could cause more trouble for Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is for the eighth time in a jail. The court pronounced its judgement after three days of arguments over the quantum of punishment.

On September 30, 2013, Lalu was held guilty in another case of illegal withdrawal of Rs 37.70 crore from the Chaibasa treasury and sentenced for five years. "Please look into this", Lalu Yadav, 79, pleaded in the court on Wednesday.