CBI court to pronounce verdict in fodder scam case against Lalu Prasad on Saturday

File photo of RJD chief Lalu Prasad. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team Ranchi, Jharkhand, India Dec 22, 2017, 05.57 PM (IST)

Ahead of the crucial verdict in a fodder scam case, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad hopes he will get a clean chit.

"We trust and respect the judiciary and won't let BJP's conspiracies work. What happened in the 2G case, with Ashok Chavan in Adarsh case, I hope I'll also get to see the same thing (Jaisa 2G mein hua, Ashok Chavan ka hua vaisa hi humara bhi hoga"," Lalu said on Friday.

He is in Ranchi along with his sons Tejashwi Yadav to appear in person before a special CBI court hearing the case.

This is one of the six cases of fraudulent withdrawal from Deoghar treasury in the 90s in which Lalu is an accused along with former chief minister Jagannath Mishra.

Lalu and Jagannath Mishra are already convicted in another fodder scam case and are out on bail.

The investigation in the case was completed on December 13 and the special CBI judge decided to pronouce the verdict on December 23.

The case against Lalu was revived after the Supreme Court in May ruled that the RJD leader will stand separate trial in all four fodder scam cases, setting aside the Jharkhand High Court order which had dropped conspiracy charges against him.

The apex court, while setting aside the 2014 high court order which had stayed the trial against Lalu after conviction in one of the cases, said the HC should have been consistent in its findings and not have given different views for different sets of accused in a case.