Fodder scam: Contempt notice to RJD, Cong leaders; Lalu's sentencing likely tomorrow

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The CBI court has summoned them to appear in front of the court on January 23.

The Deputy Chief Minister further said that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief kept the people of Bihar in dark for 15 long years.

The verdict in the Chaibasa Treasury case had cost Lalu his seat in the Lok Sabha and his conviction in the Deoghar Treasury case is likely to deflate his attempts at cobbling up a united Opposition front against the BJP.

A Special CBI Court in Ranchi on Tuesday allowed the petition filed by RJD Chief Lalu Prasad's counsel requesting to direct jail authorities to allow him to meet his client as and when required as per the jail manual.

Special judge Shivpal Singh was scheduled to pronounce the quantum of sentence on Wednesday, but deferred after condoling the death of two lawyers, who passed away recently.

Tejashwi Yadav is leader of opposition in the Bihar Assembly.

Earlier today the court had found RJD leaders Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Tejashwi Yadav and Manoj Jha guilty of contempt of court.

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. Overall, the fodder scam is the fraudulent withdrawal of more than Rs 900 crore from the Chaibasa treasury for almost 20 years. The scandal led in the era of Lalu Yadav's government.

The RJD has convened a meeting of its senior party leaders on January 6.

In 1997, Lalu had to install wife Rabri Devi as CM when he got mired into Bihar's fodder scam, relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 1,000 crore from government accounts in various districts in the name of cattle fodder and medicine spends.

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