Ranchi, Oct. 8: Lalu Prasad was today produced before a CBI court through videoconferencing in fodder case RC68A/96, which relates to alleged fake withdrawal of around Rs 37 crore from Chaibasa treasury from 1990 to 1996 when the RJD chief was the chief minister and finance minister of undivided Bihar.
Lalu is already serving a five-year jail term in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda jail in RC20A/96.
As special CBI judge A.K. Mishra began proceedings, the operator slightly zoomed in to make Lalu more visible. The former Bihar chief minister rose to greet the judge with folded hands: “Namaskar sir”.
“Kaise hain Laluji? Koi taklif to nahi hai (How are you, Laluji. Hope you are not facing any problem?” the judge asked. “Koi taklif nahi hai sir, aap to bhagwan hain (There is no problem, sir. You are God,” Lalu replied.
Apart from Lalu, six other convicts in 20A — JD(U) MP Jagdish Sharma, former Janta Dal MLA R.K. Rana, IAS officers Phul Chand Singh, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad and IRS officer Adhip Chandra Choudhury — were also presented before the e-court. All were remanded to judicial custody. The next date of hearing is November 25.