Lalu Yadav's sentencing in fodder scam case deferred again

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According to lawyers, Lalu Prasad can be awarded three to seven years' punishment.

The special CBI court in Ranchi on Friday completed the hearing on the quantum of punishment for former Bihar CM and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav in a fodder scam related case, though the sentence announcement was deferred yet again as the hearing of six more convicts is yet to take place. If he gets three years jail, he would get bail soon after sentencing.

According to the report, in his application, Lalu said that the Birsa Munda jail did not have clean drinking water and this may affect his kidneys.

Lalu is accused No. 25 in the fodder scam case.

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RC64A/96 relates to the fraudulent withdrawal from Deoghar Treasury with the help of 6 fake allotment letters during 1991 to 1994.

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Earlier on January 3, the court deferred the matter due to the demise of advocate Vindeshwari Prasad.

He also submitted that his client was pronounced five-year jail term in fodder scam case RC20A/96 amounting to Rs 31 crore, while RC64A/96 amounts to just Rs 79 lakh, hence punished sentence may be pronounced accordingly.

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"We told the court that there was no direct evidence against Lalu Prasad". With the court room packed, the judge asked the advocates not connected with the fodder scam case to leave.

The death of advocate Vindheshwari Prasad, also led to changes in the schedule of the court's proceedings, as an association of advocates abstained from work as a mark of respect.

On Thursday, the CBI Court Judge Shivpal Singh told PTI that he was getting phone calls from Lalu's men.

Lalu's lawyer on Friday pleaded for leniency to the former chief minister of Bihar, arguing that the RJD chief was not in good health after his valve replacement at a prominent hospital in Mumbai.

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Meanwhile, the CBI court issued notices to senior RJD leader and party vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Leader of the Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejaswi Yadav, senior party leader Shivanand Tiwari and Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari for "contempt of court".

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