Ranchi, Sept. 9: Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad’s advocate, during argument in one of the 61 fodder scam cases — RC 20A/96 — today, accused the CBI of being a puppet in the hands of the ruling party.
Lalu is the main accused in this case involving fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa treasury in 1994-95 when he was the chief minister of unified Bihar.
Proceedings began in the court of special CBI judge P.K. Singh today in the wake of the Supreme Court’s order to complete argument in the case by September 16.
“Whoever rules the country can manipulate CBI according to his or her wishes. The same thing happened in this case, too,” senior advocate Surendra Singh of Jabalpur High Court told the CBI court.
Singh said, “My client had an idea about excess withdrawal but he was not aware that it was being done fraudulently, until January 1996.”
He further added, “The day he (Lalu) came to know about it, he ordered probe into the matter.” Even the officials concerned had claimed that they were not aware of the scam.
“In such circumstances, how can one expect the chief minister sitting in Patna to have the knowledge of it?” asked Lalu’s advocate.
Singh will continue his argument tomorrow.