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Lalu jail term put off, but RJD leaders face contempt charge for comments

Former Chief Minister Lalu Yadav reaches the court for the sentencing on Wednesday. PTI picture

Ranchi, Jan. 3 (Agencies): Senior leaders of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress were served contempt of court notices for criticising in public the December 23 conviction of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in a fodder scam case.

Shiv Pal Singh, judge of the special court handling cases of the Central Bureau of Investigation, directed senior RJD leaders Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Shivanand Tiwari and Lalu Prasad's son Tejashwi and Congress leader Manish Tewari to personally appear before him on January 23.

The court had convicted Lalu and 15 others on December 23 in the 21-year-old fodder scam case, and was scheduled to pronounce the jail terms on Wednesday.

But the case did not come up because of a condolence meeting to mourn the death of two lawyers.

The RJD chief and the 15 others who were brought to the court in the morning were taken back to jail.

The court had acquitted six others, including another former chief minister, Jagannath Mishra.

The CBI had accused the convicts of having a hand in the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994 in the name of buying fodder.

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