Lalu Judgment in Ranchi Special CBI Court Deferred Again till Saturday

RJD supporters at party office in Patna await CBI court verdict on Friday.

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Ranchi: Once again, for the third day in a row on Friday, a CBI special court in Ranchi deferred its judgment on the quantum of punishment to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav till Saturday when the judge would deliver his verdict in an offshoot of the fodder scam involving fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar treasury.

Yadav was earlier convicted in the case by the same CBI court on December 23, 2017.

The illegal withdrawal took place between 1990 and 1994 when Yadav was the Chief Minister of an undivided Bihar.

The RJD chief, who has been languishing in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Jail since his conviction, will be appearing before the CBI court via videoconferencing, Judge Shivpal Singh announced.

Appearing before the court on Friday via videoconferencing, Yadav, 69, appealed to the judge for leniency on account of his age and illness. He also complained about poor medical facility and lack of clean drinking water inside the jail that, his lawyer said, could be detrimental to his health.

Meanwhile, in Patna, RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh blamed Yadav's opponent, read the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), of making a phone call to the judge while pretending to be the supporters of the RJD chief in an attempt to influence the judgment.

Afraid his leader will be denied justice by the CBI judge, Tiwari advocated reservation in the appointment of judges saying only a dalit judge would be part justice to Yadav who is a backward.

As reported, CBI special judge Shivpal Singh on Thursday said that some people claiming to by Yadav's supporters called him several times and asked him to go easy on their leader in his judgment.

"This is clearly a ploy by the BJP that wants to anger the judge so he would hand out the harshest punishment to our leader. If what the judge said is true then why no legal action has been taken against this caller?" Tiwari asked.

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