In a strategic move, jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday filed separate petitions in four other fodder scam cases pending against him in different CBI courts, urging them to take him in judicial custody.
On September 30, Prasad was convicted by a CBI court in one of the five cases against him in the multi-crore fodder scam. He was sent to the Birsa Munda Central Jail after being sentenced to five years of imprisonment in the case.
Admitting the petitions, the courts took him into judicial custody in these cases as well.
According to legal experts, the RJD chief has made a tactical move because the time spent in court custody would be deducted from his final sentence, if convicted in these cases.
His lawyer Prabhat Kumar said before Monday’s conviction, his client had already served 288 days at different points in time.
“These 288 days would be finally deducted from the five years’ imprisonment he has been awarded after conviction in one of the five cases (RC 20 (A)/96) on September 30,” Kumar said.
At a glance
Other four pending cases against former CMs Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra:
RC 64 (A)/96 (related to fake withdrawal of Rs. 90 lakh from Deoghar treasury)
RC 68 (A)/96 (fake withdrawal of Rs. 33.61 crore from Chaibasa treasury)
RC 47 (A)/96 (fake withdrawal of Rs. 139.39 crore from Doranda treasury, Ranchi)
RC 38 (A)/96 (fake withdrawal of Rs. 3.31 crore from Dumka Treasury)
Lalu in jail in the past (as claimed by his lawyer)
July 30, 1997-December 11, 1997: 135 days
November 26, 1998- January 8, 1999: 44 days
May 5, 2000- June 18, 2000: 45 days
November 26, 2001-January 27, 2002: 63 days
One day in disproportionate assets (DA) case in 2000
Total Days: 288