New Delhi: Quantum of punishment for RJD chief Lalu Prasad and 15 others convicts in fodder scam case likely to be announced on Tursday by CBI special court in Ranchi.
Special judge Shivpal Singh was scheduled to pronounce the quantum of sentence on Wednesday, but deferred after the passing away of advocate Vindeshwari Prasad.
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”. They had made comments against the verdict of the court on December 23.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and 15 others were convicted on December 23 in a case related to the multi-million-rupee fodder scam by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court.
Lalu Prasad’s lawyer 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 on Tuesday.
According to lawyers, Lalu Prasad can be awarded three to seven years’ punishment. If he gets three years’ punishment, he would get bail soon after sentencing.