SC’s fodder scam ruling does not pose imminent threat to Lalu Prasad: Lawyer
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SC’s fodder scam ruling does not pose imminent threat to Lalu Prasad: Lawyer

The Supreme Court reinstated on Monday criminal conspiracy charges against Lalu Prasad in a fodder scam case, and said that the former Bihar chief minister will be tried in each of the five remaining cases against him.

india Updated: May 08, 2017 13:55 IST
Bedanti Saran
Bedanti Saran
Ranchi, Hindustan Times
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A file photo of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav leaving for Ranchi to appear before a CBI court in connection with fodder scam in Patna. (PTI Photo)

The Supreme Court verdict reinstating criminal conspiracy charge against RJD chief Lalu Prasad in a fodder scam does not pose an imminent threat to the former Bihar chief minister, his lawyer says.

The most damaging fallout from his role in the scam came on September 30, 2013 when a trial court ruled on the first of six cases against him, finding him guilty. It earned him five years in prison, disqualification from Parliament and a ban on contesting election. He was given bail by the SC in December that year.

“The apex court’s verdict would not pose any imminent threat to Prasad… the only thing is that he will have to face trial in the five fodder scam cases still pending against him in different courts across Ranchi and Patna,” said Prasad’s lawyer in Ranchi, Prabhat Kumar, said before the verdict.

“But, the trial court would have to revert to the proceedings that was dropped after the HC’s order in 2014,” Kumar added, saying that the still pending cases against Prasad would take a long time to attain the finality.