Monday, 22 October, 2018

Lalu Prasad convicted in corruption case

Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan
Faye Gross | 26 December, 2017, 14:09

The Rashtriya Janata Dal said it will challenge the verdict in the High Court. This led to dropping of proceedings against him in the present case but the Supreme Court quashed the High Court's relief to Lalu setting the stage for his conviction on Saturday in which he was charged under section 120 B of the IPC, dealing with conspiracy.

Lalu Prasad, the chief of RJD, and other convicts were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the verdict.

Meanwhile, the BJP in Jharkhand said Prasad's conviction proved that those involved in corruption would not got off scot-free.

The RJD chief, taking to Twitter, said that the truth can be portrayed as a lie through a bias-driven propaganda.

" Shrewd BJP plays dirty and immoral political games to spoil public perception of its opponents and cover its unreal promises and misdeeds", Lalu Prasad tweeted.

Special CBI Judge Shivpal Singh delivered the judgment at around 3.40 p.m.

The Supreme Court, in that judgment, had some especially harsh words for the CBI. The court ruled that the property acquired by him after 1990 would be attached. The court also asked why the then Deputy Commissioner of Deoghar should not be made as accused.

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The Deogarh treasury case pertains to money withdrawn, illegally, as the court now says, from the treasury in the years when Lalu Yadav was the Bihar CM. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said. The CBI charged Lalu Prasad in five different cases. "So, even Lalu's imprisonment should not affect the party's functioning", said a senior leader on the condition of anonymity. In the same case Jagannath Mishra has been acquitted.

A jail year consists of almost 9 months for a convicted prisoner after subtracting the statutory remission, which varies from state to state, from the whole one year of 12 months.

On September 30, 2013, the RJD chief was convicted in another fodder scam case related to fraudulent withdrawal of '37.50 crore from Chaibasa treasury.

Evidence produced before the court by the CBI during the Deoghar case trial suggests that fake bills and vouchers were used for withdrawal of money from the government treasury.

Or, will "coalition compulsions" bind Rahul Gandhi to forge pragmatic ties with the new crop of RJD leadership, embodied in Tejashwi Yadav, based on secular politics and history of unflinching loyalty from the RJD towards the Congress? "Lalu Prasad's legal fight has been going on since 1996 and this began when BJP filed PIL against him. There is no other alternative", he said, adding that beside fighting it legally, the party would go to the people and fight it politically too. Installing wife Rabri Devi as the Bihar CM, Lalu continued to pull the strings, until in 2005, Nitish Kumar upstaged the RJD maestro.

Lalu's Prasad's elder son Tej Pratap, a former Health Minister, also visited a temple in the morning to pray for his father.

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