Ranchi, Oct. 4: Convicted and jailed for his involvement in the fodder scam, RJD chief Lalu Prasad today proved he had not forgotten his days as a law student as he sat poring over a copy of yesterday’s 602-page judgment that sentenced him to five years of rigorous imprisonment.
This afternoon around 2pm, when aides handed Lalu, who had earned his LLB degree from Patna University, a copy of the judgment of the CBI special court judge P.K. Singh, he waded through the bulky legalese in English with what looked like a practised eye.
As legal eagle, Lalu promptly got himself a “secretary”. He asked former Janata Dal MLA R.K. Rana, also an accused in the same fodder case RC20A/96 and his neighbour in the upper division rooms of Birsa Munda Central Jail, to sit and write down the salient features of the judgment.
“Ei, aao, likho,” Lalu ordered Rana, according to a jail security staffer.
Rana has also been awarded five years in prison. But while Lalu has to pay Rs 25 lakh as fine, Rana will have to shell out Rs 30 lakh.
Sources said Lalu’s close aide, who did not want to be named, was at CBI court this morning for a copy of the vital document. Lalu’s battery of lawyers will appeal the sentence to Jharkhand High Court on October 17 after Durga Puja vacations.
Yesterday’s sentence stress did not affect Lalu’s blood pressure or haemoglobin levels, but did spike his blood glucose. “There is nothing to worry but his sugar levels have shot up slightly,” said a doctor
Seeing two of his sons — Tejaswi and Tej Pratap — may have warmed Lalu’s heart. They reached Birsa jail at 2.30pm and stayed till 5pm.
Scores of RJD leaders kept visiting Lalu, including Jharkhand tourism minister Suresh Paswan, Chatra MLA Janardhan Paswan, Bela (Bihar) MLA Surendra Yadav and former Gaya MP Ramji Manjhi.
Birsa prison superintendent V.K. Singh said Lalu could take part in the prison’s official Navratra celebrations.