Lalu verdict: HC stays contempt notice against Congress leader Manish Tiwari


RJD has come out in defense of two aides of their chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who made their way into the Birsa Munda jail even before Lalu was convicted in a fodder scam case and sent to jail on 23rd December.

The court of special CBI judge Shivpal Singh had on January 3 issued "contempt of court" notices to Tiwary and RJD leaders, including Prasad's younger son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Shivanand Tiwari and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, for allegedly making unwarranted comments against the judgment.

"Of these, the trial, argument and hearing in the Chaibasa treasury case concluded on Wednesday and the judgment is expected on January 24, when the case is listed next", said Prabhat Kumar, Lalu's counsel in the Ranchi court. He also appeared in RC38A/96 and RC47A/96 in the Special Courts of Shiv Pal Singh and SS Prasad respectively, added the advocate.

On September 30, 2013, Lalu was held guilty in another case of illegal withdrawal of Rs 37.70 crore from the Chaibasa treasury and sentenced for five years. As many as 203 witnesses were produced by the CBI while the defense produced only 23 witnesses out of which 17 were of the RJD Chief.

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Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's wish of having "Dahi churra" during his jail stay will soon be met with as the CBI court granted his wish in this regard. "They have been, after all, sent to jail after an inquiry by the police administration and it is for the administration to say something on the matter". Lalu also requested the court repeatedly to increase the number of visitors in the jail and also informed the court that he has to face problems while being brought to the court for appearance.

The court said that they could have lived in the Open Jail with their families.

JD-U general secretary K C Tyagi said a new political chapter has begun with the court's decision and it means politicians will be afraid of committing any such wrongdoing. "You can change rules as you have enormous power", said Lalu.

The CBI lawyer said a fine totalling Rs 10 lakh was imposed the RJD supremo. Lalu then said that the rules will have to be changed for lodging us in the Open Jail.