LIVE Lalu Yadav sentencing: The special CBI court in Ranchi will pronounce the quantum of sentence for Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and 15 other convicts in a fodder scam case today. The court which was scheduled to pronounce the quantum of punishment on Wednesday is now likely to announce it today, according to a CBI advocate. the case did not come up on Wednesday due to a condolence meeting held during the day to mourn the death of two lawyers. The RJD chief and the 15 others who were brought to the court in the morning were taken back to jail. The court had on December 23 convicted Lalu Prasad and the other 15 in a fodder scam case, 21 years after it had surfaced. Six others, including another former chief minister, Jagannath Mishra, were acquitted. The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.
Track latest LIVE updates for Lalu Yadav sentencing:
3:30 pm: Ranchi Special CBI Court judge told Lalu Prasad Yadav that ‘I got many references for you but don’t worry, I will follow only law.’
3:19 pm: CBI lawyer requested the Ranchi Special CBI Court judge to give maximum sentence to the accused so that no one tries to commit such a heinous crime.
3:08 pm: Ranchi Special CBI Court heard matter relating to five accused in Fodder scam case today.
3 pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav leaves from Ranchi Special CBI Court. Court to pronounce quantum of sentence for him in Fodder Scam case tomorrow.
2:52 pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav leaves from Ranchi Special CBI Court. Court to pronounce quantum of sentence for him in #FodderScam case tomorrow.
2:15 pm: Ranchi Special CBI Court to pronounce quantum of sentence for Lalu Prasad Yadav in Fodder Scam case tomorrow.
2: 13 pm: Ranchi Special CBI Court judge asks lawyers, other than those related to Fodder Scam case, to leave the courtroom.
1:50 pm: The court also served contempt notices to senior leaders of the RJD and the Congress for criticising Lalu’s conviction on television.
1: 45 pm: On Wednesday, the CBI court deferred sentencing in the case after it was informed by the District Bar Council about death of two lawyers.
1:40 pm: RJD Chief Lalu Yadav reaches CBI Court in Ranchi.
1:24 pm: Police have made elaborate security arrangements around the court campus as Lalu and other convicts will be present during the hearing.
1:18 pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav leaves for CBI Special court from Ranchi’s Birsa Munda jail. Court proceedings to start at 2 pm.
12 pm: A special CBI court is likely to pronounce sentencing of RJD chief and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in the multi-million fodder scam today.
11:45 am: Lalu Prasad has cited old age, among others, as a ground for a lenient view in punishing him.
11:40 am: CBI court in Ranchi to decide fate of Lalu Prasad Yadav in FodderScam case at 2 pm today.
11:35 am: Ranchi Special CBI Court proceedings to take place in the second half
11:03 am: Lalu Prasad will reach the Ranchi Special CBI Court shortly.
11 am: Lalu’s sentencing might be postponed; quantum of punishment could be pronounced tomorrow.
10:00 am: Lalu Yadav was sent to Birsa Munda central prison immediately after his conviction in the fodder scam case.
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9:02 am: Lalu Prasad’s lawyer on Tuesday told reporters that they would press for minimum punishment in the case. “Lalu is 70 years old and suffering from many diseases. We will seek minimum punishment for him”, he said.
8:42 am: The Ranchi court found 15 people guilty in the case including Lalu Prasad Yadav while 7 were found innocent including former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra. The verdict can be significant in Bihar politics, given Lalu’s legacy and strong hold over the state.
8:40 am: The accused were facing charges under IPC sections 120B, 409, 418, 420, 467, 468, 471, 477 (A), 201 and 511 and under Prevention of Corruption Act section 13 (1) D read with 13 (2). Earlier this morning, Lalu had appealed to the people of Bihar to maintain law and order. He alleged that since the government was not able to fight Lalu Yadav politically, he has been convicted.
8:07 am: The Court also found Lalu’s son Tejasvi Yadav and other party leaders Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and Manoj Jha guilty of contempt of court.
8:05 am: Also Read| What is Fodder Scam? All you need to know in key points
8:02 am: The Fodder Scam was a corruption scandal that involved the misappropriation of funds about Rs 89 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994 in Bihar. Among those implicated in the theft were former Chief Minister of Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav, as well as former Chief Minister, Jagannath Mishra. The scandal led to the end of Lalu’s resignation as Chief Minister. There is also allegation on Dr.Dineshwar Prasad Sharma of receiving 300 crores and 60 lakh Rupees respectively from S. N. Sinha. A special CBI court here will pronounce its judgement in the fodder scam.
8:00 am: The case in which Lalu Prasad Yadav is convicted pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.
7:55 am: The special court, which was supposed to announce the quantum of sentence today, postponed it due to the passing away of advocate Vindeshwari Prasad, reported ANI.
7:45 am: A special CBI court served contempt notices to senior leaders of the RJD and the Congress for criticising the December 23 conviction of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in a fodder scam case on television.