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Fodder scam: CBI court issues contempt of court notice to Tejashwi Yadav, Manish Tiwari


The special court of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has issued a ‘contempt of court’ notice to three RJD leaders, including the son of Lalu Prasad Yadav, and Congress leader Manish Tiwari.

Leader of the Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav, party vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari, and Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari were issued notices for making comments against the 23 December verdict on of the fodder scam cases by the court.

All four have been issued notices as the court found their comments on the verdict as contemptuous, said Prabhat Kumal legal counsel for Lalu Yadav.

On Wednesday, the CBI court in Ranchi deferred the quantum of punishment for RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 other convicts in one of the fodder scam cases for Thursday.

The court deferred the matter in wake of demise of advocate Vindeshwari Parsad.

The special CBI court had convicted Lalu on December 23 but co-accused and former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra was let off in the case pertaining to embezzlement of over Rs. 85 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.

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The former Bihar Chief Minister, is lodged in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central Jail.

A total of 17 accused including Lalu were pronounced guilty by the court while six were let off.

The RJD chief Lalu Yadav has already been convicted in another fodder scam case pertaining to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.70 crore from the Chaibasa district treasury when Bihar was an undivided state.

The conviction cost Lalu his Lok Sabha seat and he was disqualified him from contesting elections. The Supreme Court granted him bail in December 2013.

Hearing of one of the cases in the multi-million fodder scam case was completed on December 13 in a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court of Ranchi.

In all, there were 34 accused in the case, out of which 11 died during the course of the trial, while one turned CBI approver and admitted the crime.