Ranchi: Jharkhand High Court Judge Justice HC Mishra on Thursday recused himself from hearing an appeal filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation to extend the sentence of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fodder scam. He has also heard the cases related to the scam in the lower court. The CBI has filed an appeal in the Jharkhand High Court against the lesser punishment given by the special CBI court in the fodder scam case of Lalu Prasad Yadav. Justice HC Mishra and Rajesh Kumar were to be heard on this bench, but Justice HC Mishra separated himself from hearing the matter and gave instructions to list the matter before any other bench.
The CBI’s plea seeking an extension of Lalu Prasad’s sentence in the fodder scam case is being heard in the Jharkhand High Court. The CBI petition said that the special CBI court sentenced Jagdish Sharma to seven years imprisonment in the case of illegal evacuation from Deoghar treasury, while Lalu and others were given only three and a half years.
The CBI has argued in its petition that when these people had similar allegations, the punishment should have been the same. On Thursday, advocates Prabhat Kumar and Devarshi Mandal appeared in the court through video conference on behalf of Lalu Prasad, RK Rana, and Subir Bhattacharya. Now this case will be sent back to the Chief Justice who will send it to another bench for hearing.