A CBI court has directed RJD chief Lalu Prasad to appear before it in connection with one of the fodder scam cases any day between February 15 and 18.
Besides Lalu,Judge P K Singh has also summoned the counsels of 46 of the accused,including former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra.
The CBI has over the years registered 63 cases in the Rs 950 crore fodder scam,which came to light in 1996.
After nearly 16 years of trial,a Jharkhand court some time ago convicted more than 300 accused in 41 of the 53 cases being tried in the state.
Lalu and his wife,former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi,were acquitted in an assets case related to the fodder scam by a Patna court in 2006.
Lalu as well as Mishra,however,still face six criminal conspiracy cases five in Jharkhand and one in Bihar which are in the advanced stages of trial.
The chargesheet in the case in which Lalu has been summoned had alleged that the accused,including then District Animal Husbandry Officer B N Sharma and then Veterinary Officer G P Tripathy withdrew Rs 35.66 crore from Chaibasa treasury between 1994 and 1995 with the help of forged documents.
The trial in this case is almost over and after the court records statements of the accused,decks will be cleared for passing the verdict,CBI SP R C Choudhary said. We expect the verdict by April.