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Lalu's sentencing postponed to Thursday, fresh trouble for Tejashwi

12 January 2018

As the hearing for the sentencing of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad and 14 others began on Wednesday, the special CBI court issued a contempt of court notice to some senior RJD leaders, including Tejashwi Yadav.

However, Lalu's son and his designated "heir apparent", Tejashwi Yadav, and three others had contempt notices issued against them by the CBI court on Wednesday. However, the court chose to defer the pronouncement of verdict, citing the death of advocate Vindeshwari Prasad, one of the many counsels who are appearing in the Fodder scam trial. Second, Lalu Prasad is now 70 years old.

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Lalu was earlier convicted and jailed in another fodder scam case RC 20A/96 on September 13, 2013, after the judge found him guilty. "Lalu's heir apparent Tejaswi Yadav and his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav both have to work hard to steer the party ahead and face the challenges posed by ruling alliance of JD (U) and BJP", said political analyst Ajay Kumar.

As per the reports, the CBI court convicted Lalu Prasad Yadav along with former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and five others relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 9.4 billion of the Deoghar district between 1990 and 1994.

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Meanwhile, despite the fact that nobody will be allowed to meet Prasad in jail on Tuesday, large number of RJD leaders along with hundreds of workers camped outside Birsa Munda Central Jail on Tuesday finding ways to meet him, but no one was allowed to meet Prasad.

His wife and former Chief Minister of Bihar Rabri Devi has chosen to stay back in Patna when the punishment is announced.

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The RJD has convened a meeting of its senior party leaders on January 6.

Lalu's sentencing postponed to Thursday, fresh trouble for Tejashwi