Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Setback for RJD chief Lalu Prasad: Court rejects his plea in fodder scam

RANCHI: The court of special CBI judge AK Rai on Tuesday rejected RJD chief Lalu Prasad's petition challenging his trial in a case — RC38(A)/96 — pertaining to misappropriation of funds from Dumka treasury in the multi-crore fodder scam. The development is being seen as a big setback for Prasad, who is recovering from a heart surgery he underwent recently at a Mumbai hospital.

Prasad had moved a plea to quash trail in this case because he (Lalu Prasad) has already been convicted under the same charges pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of funds from Chaibasa treasury (case RC 20(A)/96). Lalu's counsel Prabhat Kumar had pleaded that there is no provision for double sentencing in the same case or case with similar charges and accusations.

Kumar said: "The court has rejected the petition. I got to know the orders verbally but have not received the copy of the verdict yet." He added that he would soon move the high court.

He claimed that both the cases — RC 20(A)/96) and RC38 (A)/96 — are of similar nature and same witnesses, and evidences have been used in both the cases.

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"The law says that no one can be tried and convicted twice for the same offence. My client has already been convicted in a similar case (RC20A/96) thus we had pleaded quashing of it," said Kumar.

Lalu Prasad with former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during a rally

On August 12, 2014, a CBI court had rejected a similar petition filed by Prasad, who had demanded quashing of a similar case — RC68A/96 — pertaining to misappropriation of funds in Chaibasa treasury in the multi-crore fodder scam.

Prasad and 45 others were convicted by a special CBI court in Ranchi in September 2013 in a fodder scam case (RC 20 A/96) in which he was accused of fraudulently withdrawing crores of rupees from Chaibasa treasury in Jharkhand.

The court had sentenced him to jail for five years following which the RJD chief was disqualified from Lok Sabha and also barred from contesting elections. He was granted bail in December 2013.

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