A special CBI court on Thursday summoned all the 38 accused, including Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, in one of the fodder scam cases after finding that some of them have not registered their attendance for the last six months. Special judge Sheo Pal Singh asked all of them to appear on June 13.
“The court after inspecting the records found regular attendance of 27 accused, including Lalu Prasad. It got to know that some were acquitted by the higher court and some died during the course of trial but didn’t figure out the whereabouts of six accused as their attendance was conspicuously missing,” said advocate Prabhat Kumar, representing Lalu Prasad.
Looking into the current status of the case, the court sought personal appearance of all the accused to ascertain the truth, Kumar added.
The case relates to fraudulent withdrawal of `3.31 crore from Dumka treasury. It is currently running at prosecution evidence stage, in which statements of prosecution witnesses are being recorded. As many as 240 prosecution witnesses have been listed by the CBI, of which statements of 208 have been recorded.