Ranchi, Jan 16 : Jailed former Bihar chief minister and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav appeared before a special CBI court in connection with case number RC 47A/96 related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 139 crore from the Doranda Treasury of unified Bihar of the nineties.
Mr Yadav appeared before the court of special CBI judge SK Sashi. The court asked a total of 34 questions to Mr Yadav who replied them one after another. After appearing before the court, Lalu Yadav returned back to RIMS where he is currently undergoing treatment of various ailments. On January 20, the accused in the case including Mr Yadav would be submitting the list of their witnesses before the court.
The CBI on its part has produced 575 witnesses in the case. Out of the 111 accused in the case so far statement of 110 accused have been recorded. Statement of one more accused Dr Shivnandan Prasad could not be recorded as he is ill and bed ridden. Lawyer of Mr Lalu Yadav Prabhat Kumar said that hearing of the day was held under section 313 of CRPC under which it is compulsory for the accused to appear before the court. He said, other cases were small but the Doranda Treasury case is spread across 1990-1995 which a long period.
He said, in the chargesheet which was filed in the case in 2002 there were a total of 180 accused but later the number of accused in the case came over the years came down to 111. In four out of the six cases of the Fodder Scam, Lalu Yadav has been awarded imprisonment by the special CBI courts however two others including those related to Doranda Treasury was on in Ranchi court while another one related with Bhagalpur Treasury was in special CBI court of Patna Bihar.
Earlier, Lalu Yadav reached at the court from RIMS at round 1030hrs during which he was accompanied by his close associate Bhola Yadav. In wake of the Lalu Yadav's presentation before the court elaborate security arrangements had been made with large number of police deployed inside and outside the court room. A ban was also imposed on entry of media and outsiders inside the court room. (UNI)