Lalu aides in jail to 'serve' him? RJD denies charge

Lalu Prasad Yadav

Lalu Prasad Yadav

The court of special CBI judge Shivpal Singh had on January 3 issued "contempt of court" notices to Tiwary and RJD leaders, including Prasad's younger son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Shivanand Tiwari and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, for allegedly making unwarranted comments against the judgment.

President and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, now lodged in Ranchi's Birsa Munda jail, was produced before three special courts of the CBI on Wednesday, in connection with the Rs 1,000-crore fodder scam cases.

On September 30, 2013, Lalu, Jagannath Mishra and several others were convicted in another case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in the early 1990s. As many as 203 witnesses were produced by the CBI while the defense produced only 23 witnesses out of which 17 were of the RJD Chief. They were then sent to jail, said sources. "Had I been acquitted, I would have invited you for chuda-dahi", Lalu was quoted as saying. The duo was released from the jail on Wednesday evening after it became known that they had conspired to get an FIR lodged against them so that they could stay in the jail and be at their master's beck and call.

The judge had also said before sentencing Lalu that the former had been receiving calls seeking favours.

In 1996, the Patna high court had ordered an inquiry into the fodder scam cases and a charge sheet in the Deogarh Treasury case was filed against 38 people on October 27, 1997.

The court said that they could have lived in the Open Jail with their families. In an attempt to convince the judge, Lalu pleaded "You have enormous power".

Responding to the request, Special CBI judge said, "I will get dahi chura arranged in jail". "Thousands of party workers are ready to go to jail for Lalu", said Hari Shankar Yadav, party MLA from Raghunathpur.

The special CBI Court on Saturday had pronounced 3.5 years' jail for the RJD chief and also slapped a fine of Rs 10 lakh in a fodder scam case RC64A/96, related to fraudulent withdrawal from Deoghar treasury during 1991 to 1994.