Fodder scam case: Quantum of sentence to be pronounced on Jan 4

In the first fodder scam case Lalu was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail

In the first fodder scam case Lalu was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail

Special judge Shivpal Singh adjourned sentencing for a day as lawyers abstained from work to condole the death of a member of their fraternity.

The CBI court, on December 23, had found Lalu Yadav and others guilty of furnishing fake bills and vouchers for withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar treasury for fodder procurement between 1991 and 1994. However, the court chose to defer the pronouncement of verdict, citing the death of advocate Vindeshwari Prasad, one of the many counsels who are appearing in the Fodder scam trial.

Former Chief Minister Lalu Yadav reaches the court for the sentencing on Wednesday.

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All the 16 convicted, including RJD Chief Lalu Prasad, are in Birsa Munda Central jail in Ranchi.

While Lalu was convicted in the scam by the court, former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra as well as six others were acquitted. He added that "the court has chose to hear the case in alphabetical order".

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.

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Lalu Yadav was the chief minister of Bihar during the period. The court has convicted Lalu along with 15 others on 23rd December. The scandal led in the era of Lalu Yadav's government.

70 years old, Lalu Prasad Yadav is suffering from several diseases.

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. Twitter has started pouring their tweets assuming what sort of sentence is waiting for Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on this new year.

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