Lalu's sentencing postponed to Thursday, fresh trouble for Tejashwi

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Fodder Scam: CBI Court to sentence Lalu Prasad Yadav today

The Special CBI Judge, Shivpal Singh, issued an order against Mr Tejashwi Yadav, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Shivanand Tiwary and Manish Tiwary for giving statement in media against Judiciary.

Lalu Yadav faces trial in three more cases relating to the fodder scam, locally called the "chara ghotala".

The Special CBI Court in Ranchi deferred the pronouncement of quantum of sentence in the fodder scam case for tomorrow.

It was believed that other RJD leaders were also issued a notice in connection with the contempt of court.

In this case, Lalu Yadav faced accusations that as the chief minister and finance minister back in the nineties, he kept the file for an inquiry against the mastermind of the scam pending for 16 months and gave three other officials extensions despite objections from bureaucrats.

The court had acquitted six others, including another former chief minister, Jagannath Mishra. And the court will soon pronounce the judgement on the Bihar fodder scam case.

The CBI had accused the convicts of having a hand in the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994 in the name of buying fodder.

"The court, when deciding one's guilt or while determining the quantum of punishment for a convicted criminal does not take into account the person's caste". First, it's a 21-year-old case. The State government had rejected the demand of RJD leaders to relax the jail manual for Prasad as he is a "mass leader". The Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was accused of multi-million-rupee.

The RJD, meanwhile, has called a meeting of all party leaders, MLAs, MPs and district presidents on January 6 in Patna to chalk out its strategy. Lalu was chief minister of Bihar during the period.

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