‘Got phone calls from Lalu’s men’ says fodder scam judge

Agencies/New Delhi
January 5, 2018 NATIONAL 213 Views

The judge in the second fodder scam case in which Lalu Prasad has been convicted said today, after sentencing was postponed yet again, that he “got phone calls from Lalu’s men”, reported PTI news agency.
Judge Shivpal Singh didn’t specify what was said to him in these phone calls “by Lalu’s men”.
“I got many references for you but don’t worry, I will follow only law”, he reportedly told Lalu, according to ANI.
Lalu’s sentencing by a special CBI court in the second fodder scam case he’s been convicted in was postponed yesterday and then again today.
The court had on December 23 convicted the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and 15 others in a case related to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district treasury in Bihar between 1990 and 1994.
The trial in the case was completed on December 13 in the special CBI court and 10 days later, he was convicted on December 23.
Lalu was convicted in the first of five fodder scam cases in 2013, and for that was sentenced to five years in prison.
Lalu’s lawyer on Tuesday told reporters that they would press for minimum punishment in the case given the RJD chief’s age.
“Lalu is 70 years old and suffering from many diseases. We will seek minimum punishment for him”, he said.
The former chief minister of Bihar is currently lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi.
The CBI court had acquitted another former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the second fodder scam case.

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