The special CBI court in Ranchi will pronounce quantum of sentence for Rashtriya Janata Dal Chief Lalu Prasad and 15 other convicts on Thursday.
Though the sentencing was slated for today, special judge Shivpal Singh deferred the verdict after condoling the death of two lawyers recently.
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” for their comments against the court ruling on Dec 23.
Singh said, he has not received the summons and will comment on the issue later. Meanwhile he said “Jaannath Mishra ko bail aur Lalu Prasad ko jail…yeh haisa khel “ (bail to Jagannath and jail for Lalu, what kind of game is this).
The Case – (RC 64(A)/1996
The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakh from Deoghar district (now in Jharkhand) treasury between 1994 – 1996 when Lalu Prasad was the Chief Minister of Bihar.
The special CBI court of Justice Shivpal Singh completed the hearing on Dec 13.
Six including Bihar Chief Minster Jagannath Mishra were acquitted in the case.
Meanwhile, RJD has called for a meeting of all party leaders MLAs, MPs and district presidents on January 6 in Patna to chalk out its strategy.
A state-wide agitation after Jan 15 too is on the anvil to boost party morale in the absence of Prasad.
“Every party leader and worker will become Lalu Prasad in his absence,” said party chief Ram Chandra Purve.