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NEW DELHI: A special court CBI court will on Thursday pronounce the quantum of sentence for jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Yadav and 14 others in multi-million-rupee fodder scam case. Ahead of the sentencing, Lalu Yadav’s son Tej Pratap said that he hopes for a positive decision.

Lalu’s lawyer on Tuesday said 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.

Quantum of sentence for Lalu Yadav, others in a fodder scam case to be pronounced on Thursday.CBI court summons Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Tejashwi Yadav and Manoj Jha on January 23.Ranchi Special CBI ourt finds Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Tejashwi Yadav and Manoj Jha guilty of contempt of court. Lalu Yadav reaches Ranchi court, quantum of sentence is expected shortly.

Lalu Yadav leaves from Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi. Lalu Yadav along with 14 others was on December 23 convicted while seven accused including former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra were acquitted. A special CBI court had acquitted Mishra and others in the case, relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district treasury between 1990 and 1994.

The RJD supremo is also facing trial in three more cases relating to the fodder scam, also known as “Chara Ghotala”.Lalu has been convicted i one of the cases of the fodder scam, wherein Rs 900 crore from the Bihar exchequer were siphoned off under the pretext of purchasing fodder for livestock, during ’80s and ’90s.

There were 34 accused in the case, out of which 11 died during the trial, while one turned CBI approver and admitted to the crime. The 16 convicted people include three former IAS officials Phoolchand Mandal, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad.

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