Taking note of news reports, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday ordered a probe into allegations of government officials calling up a CBI special judge to seek favours for fodder scam convict and RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
The special CBI court in Ranchi will be delivering its judgment in another case of fodder scam on January 24. He also appeared in RC38A/96 and RC47A/96 in the Special Courts of Shiv Pal Singh and SS Prasad respectively, added the advocate. The case relates to the alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 356.2 million from the Chaibasa treasury in the 1990s when he was the chief minister of undivided Bihar. 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 have been, after all, sent to jail after an inquiry by the police administration and it is for the administration to say anything on the matter". "Had I been acquitted, I would have invited you for chuda-dahi", Lalu was quoted as saying. Lalu also requested the court repeatedly to increase the number of visitors in the jail and also informed the court that he has to face problems while being brought to the court for appearance. The nature of offences for which they were in jail was, however, not clear yet. "They were sent to judicial custody¦ The police had not sought any warrant from the court " we were not even communicated about the surrender either by the counsel for the accused or the court". In an attempt to convince the judge, Lalu pleaded "You have vast power". The SDM also said that he had never spoken to the CBI judge.
The court further said that if people like him are lodged there, arrangements in the Open Jail will automatically get improved. "Thousands of party workers are ready to go to jail for Lalu", said Hari Shankar Yadav, party MLA from Raghunathpur.
This will be the third case in which judgment would be coming in the fodder scam case after Lalu Prasad was sentenced to three and half years jail in Deoghar case recently and 5 years in the Chaibasa case in 2013.