Fodder scam: Lalu's sentencing deferred by a day

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They have been asked to appear in the court on January 23 and reply as to why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them. Even after being convicted in the fodder scam, he failed to learn any lesson and instead went on to amass properties illegally to the tune of about Rs. 1000 crore.

It may be recalled that Yadav, after being found guilty in an offshoot of fodder scam, remains in a prison in Ranchi awaiting punishment that would be announced sometime on Wednesday. However, the sentencing was not pronounced due to a condolence meet for advocate Vindeshwari Prasad. Sixty-nine-year-old Lalu and other convicts were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the verdict. To get that answer we need to wait for the quantum of punishment which will decide the political fortune of the Bihar leader today.

The special CBI court on Wednesday issued a notice to Lalu Prasad Yadav's son and former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav for contempt of court. Both Lalu and Jagannath Mishra are out on bail in the case.

According to lawyer Prabhat Kumar, "Lalu Yadav was present in the court, but he was sent back to Birsa Munda jail after the hearing was deferred for Thursday".

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The case pertainied to fraudulent withdrawal of ₹84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district (now in Jharkhand) treasury between 1994 and 1996 when Lalu Prasad was the Bihar Chief Minister.

The court had quashed the cases on the grounds that a person convicted in one case could not be tried in similar cases based on same witnesses and evidence.

Lalu is likely to get three to seven years' punishment, as per reports. The scandal led in the era of Lalu Yadav's government.

After Prasad's conviction, Ms. Rabri Devi, Mr. Tejaswi Yadav and Mr. Tej Pratap Yadav have been convening meetings with party leaders and legislators at regular intervals. "There were several chief ministers who were in charge of the finance department when Laluji was not the finance minister or the chief minister so why is he being singled out?"

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