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Titans in troubles: CBI challenges ‘lesser’ punishment to Lalu, acquittal of Mishra

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PATNA: Incarcerated RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his political colleague Dr Jagannath Mishra, both former chief ministers of Bihar, have landed in fresh trouble.

The CBI in a curious development has moved the Jharkhand High Court seeking for enhancing Prasad’s jail term awarded in a fodder scam case.

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A special CBI court in Ranchi had in January this year awarded 3.5 year jail term to Prasad in a fodder scam case involving fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakhs from Deoghra treasury.

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The CBI now believes the RJD chief has been given lesser punishment and has moved the high court demanding that his jail term must be hiked claiming  the fodder scam case involves larger conspiracy at the higher level where politicians were involved.

The CBI has also filed a petition in the court challenging acquittal of Dr Mishra in the case by the court. Dr Mishra is suffering from blood cancer.

“We have filed two separate petitions—one relating to enhancing Prasad’s sentence and another challenging acquittal of Dr Mishra and others,” assistant solicitor general Rajiv Sinha representing the CBI has told the media.

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