The Noose Tightens for Lalloo Pershad

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    Jharkhand HC rejects Lalu’s plea to transfer fodder scam cases

    Ranchi: The petitions of RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav to transfer one of his fodder scam cases to another special CBI court from the present court of Pravas Kumar Singh and examining one more witness were dismissed by Jharkhand High Court Monday.

    The court of R R Prasad, who had on June 28 reserved the order on the pleas after Ram Jethmalani argued for Yadav, dismissed the petitions.

    Prasad, who faces a judgement in a fodder scam case on July 15, filed the petition requesting transfer of RC20A case to another special CBI court as he did not “expect justice” from the present special CBI judge Pravas Kumar Singh following his alleged relationship with two Bihar-based JDU leaders, who are political opponents.

    Appearing for Lalu Prasad, Jethmalani had argued before the court that the Animal Husbandry case be transferred from the court of Pravas Kumar Singh on that ground. He also argued that that there were about 76 witnesses in the Animal Husbandry Scam but only 17 witnesses had been examined in the case and sought to examine one more witness in the case.

    On June 24, Supreme Court advocate Surendra Kumar Singh had informed the special court of Pravas Kumar Singh that arguments on behalf of his client be stopped till an order by the High Court.

    The CBI court has been hearing arguments for the last one month and had on June 20 directed 45 fodder scam accused, including Prasad, to complete arguments by July 1.

    He has fixed July 15 to deliver the verdict on the RC 20A-96 case pertaining to alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa Treasury in the 1990s.

    There are 45 accused out of 56 in the RCA/96. The rest have since either turned approver or died.

    Jharkhand HC rejects Lalu’s plea to transfer fodder scam cases - Firstpost

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    A CBI Director’s shady past

    CBI Director Ranjit Sinha’s affidavit has dealt a blow to the UPA Government. Sinha admitted that he had shared the status report on investigation into Coal block allocation scam with the Law Minister and the Prime Minister’s Office. But this is not really the first time that Sinha has ‘shared’ confidential information in a criminal trial with political executives. In 1996, when Sinha was DIG (CBI), he was accused of protecting Lalu Prasad Yadav and his dirty dozens in fodder scam.

    Originally, UN Biswas, the then CBI Joint Director (East), was probing the scam and was asked to report to the Patna High Court. It was in connection with a PIL that Sushil Modi, now Bihar Deputy Chief Minister, and others had filed. But for some strange reason, the CBI report placed before the Patna High Court prior to framing of charges was authored by Ranjit Sinha, the then DIG (CBI). Allegedly, the then CBI Director Joginder Singh had sent a fax to UN Biswas instructing Biswas not to report to the court but to Singh. Biswas was scandalised and told the Patna High Court division bench on October 3, 1996 that report submitted by Ranjit Sinha was doctored. It had diluted the charges and done away with conspiracy angle. Biswas claimed that the original report prepared by him had more damaging material.

    Hindustan Times ran a two-day story October 4 and 5, 1996 titled ‘CBI headquarter drastically altered fodder scam report’.

    “As soon as the court assembled, the judges went through the report, submitted in a sealed cover, by the CBI. Then they enquired from Biswas whether it was actually his report, as the language of the text seemed different from his earlier report. Moreover, all the pages on the report were not signed by Biswas, although in his earlier report, he used to sign on every page, the judges pointed it out.

    “Biswas said that he had sent his report to New Delhi after being instructed to do so by the CBI headquarters. The report which was eventually sent to CBI headquarters to be submitted before the High Court was entirely different, so he refused to append his signature on it. However, he had signed on the cover page of the report as he was duty-bound to do so. The report submitted before the court was prepared by Ranjit Sinha whose role has also come under a shadow of doubt. The Sinha report, in fact, had been reproduced verbatim with one or two words changed, Biswas quipped.”

    The judges SN Jha and SJ Mukhopadhyay were agitated over this and took a serious view of this suppression of fact. Biswas informed judges that he had the copy of the original report and handed over to them in the open court. Biswas’s prudence of keeping a copy had saved the day. The court reposed confidence in him, and approved his report as authentic.

    The Patna High Court passed strictures against the CBI Director Joginder Singh for trying to scuttle the probe into fodder scam. Singh, however, denied that he had faxed any instruction to Biswas. The CBI even moved Supreme Court terming the action of Patna High Court as ‘judicial activism’ that threatens the hierarchy system of the CBI.

    The Patna High Court’s stricture against the then CBI Director came as major embarrassment to the premier anti-Corruption agency. It was an endorsement that the post of Director has been reduced to handmaiden of politicians. Ironically, as disgraced Ranjit Sinha today holds the post of Director worst perception about CBI has been confirmed.

    In November 2012, controversy surrounded the appointment of Ranjit Sinha as the CBI Director. The BJP opposed it. Leaders of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha wrote a letter to the Prime Minister arguing that the Select Committee on Lokpal had recommended a collegium to select a CBI chief. Thus the Government should refrain from appointing one unilaterally. The Prime Minister rejected their contention.

    However, some leaders of the BJP like Ram Jethmalani, Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha pitched in support for Ranjit Sinha. Jethmalani, it might be remembered, was the counsel of Lalu Prasad Yadav in fodder scam. Perceptions of ‘Kayastha lobyying’ were becoming evident.

    Interestingly, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, who were highly critical of Ranjit Sinha during fodder scam trial, supported the elevation of Ranjit Sinha to the CBI Director’s post. It was on the specious ground that a person from Bihar was being elevated to the top post. They overlooked that IAS and IPS officers from Bihar already hold many top posts. The CBI Director’s post was nothing unique in that context.

    Remember the UPA Government had earlier appointed a tainted PJ Thomas for the post of Chief Vigilance Commissioner. Thomas had to resign when on March 3, 2011 Supreme Court quashed his appointment. Now again, the UPA is repenting over the appointment Ranjit Sinha as CBI Chief. He has dug in the already flagging reputation of the Government. It is another thing that the Prime Minister and the Law Minister are digging in their heels.

    PS: Honest UN Biswas, IPS (Retired) is now the Minister for Development of Backward Classes in the West Bengal Government. It would be interesting to know if Mamata Banerjee uses this arsenal against the UPA Government.

    A CBI Director’s shady past | Niti Central
     
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    Laloo Pershad has had a very long run of manipulated luck, it appears.

    Now, his Fairy Godmother cannot help since the Courts are still out of the grip of the ruling class, even if not the CNI.

    It is time for Laloo to shed weight, gained from his cow's full cream milk, through sweat, now that the Court has tighten the noose.

    The cock will surely come to roost!

    India is fed up with crooked men, irrespective of political hues, who call themselves as leaders.

    Enough of looting, nepotism, crony capitalism and protection of one's own brood and ilk !

    Anna has stoked the national anger and conscience, even if he has faded like a damp squib!

    Laloo's :last hurrah and the bells toll for him!
     
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    This is merely a warning that Election is coming.
     
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    pankaj nema Senior Member Senior Member

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    Laloo is a great SURVIVOR

    If he puts up a good performance in the 2014 elections then all his legal problems
    will vanish

    This is how the system works in India

    If you are in power or your party is a part of the Ruling Coalition the Legal hassles just
    vanish or new legal problems crop up suddenly when you are politically weak
     
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