NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday sought RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s response on the CBI’s plea against the Jharkhand High Court order dropping the conspiracy charge against him in the fodder scam case.
A Bench comprising Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice S A Bobde issued a notice to the former Bihar Chief Minister and sought his response within four weeks, on a fresh plea filed by the CBI through the Jharkhand government. Lalu was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail in one of the fodder scam cases, following which he was disqualified from contesting elections.
A special CBI court in Ranchi had convicted Lalu and 44 others in September in the case relating to the fraudulent withdrawal of
Rs 37.70 crore from the Chaibasa treasury in 1994-95. He was granted bail by the SC in December. The HC had ordered the CBI to continue the proceedings in the trial court under IPC Sections 201 (causing disappearance of evidence or giving false information) and 511 (attempting to commit offences).