The CBI on Tuesday did not oppose RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav’s plea in the Supreme Court to change the judge hearing the 1996 fodder scam case at the fag end of the trial.
Yadav filed a petition in the SC stating that he was related to a minister in the Bihar government led by Nitish Kumar. His request came after the judge reserved the verdict in the case.
The agency, represented by Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran, instead opposed the intervention on behalf of Rajiv Ranjan Singh who questioned “influential politician” Yadav’s move to change the judge towards the end of the trial.
Singh’s counsel, senior advocate Shanti Bhushan, contended it would be a “travesty of justice” if the judge hearing the case since 2011 was changed on the ground of bias, an objection raised just before the verdict was to be delivered.