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Laloo plea for judicial remand

PATNA, DEC. 22. The RJD president, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav, today surrendered before the Special CBI Court in the conspiracy angle case of the fodder scam to get over what he termed as harassment by the CBI, which, he said, put him behind bars frequently.

When produced before the CBI judge, Mr. S.K. Mishra, in connection with the disproportionate assets case, Mr. Yadav prayed that he be remanded to judicial custody in connection with case no. RC 63A/96 relating to fraudulent withdrawals from the Bhagalpur Treasury, in which the CBI is yet to file chargesheet.

Mr. Mishra would pronounce his decision on December 24 after hearing the views of the CBI, which was directed to file its affidavit by then in the light of the CBI counsel's ignorance about the said case and the need for him to seek necessary directions from the CBI, SP, Ranchi.

Mr. Yadav's lawyers pleaded that it would be better if their client was remanded to judicial custody as it would be easier for them to fight the legal battle better at the higher appellate courts.

They informed the court that the CBI, while opposing Mr. Yadav's bail in case no. RC 47A/96, had taken the stand that two more cases were pending against him.