New Delhi: A special CBI court in Ranchi on Thursday deferred pronouncing its sentence against Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a fodder scam case until Friday.

The case relates to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs89.27 lakh from the Deoghar treasury 21 years ago.

Deferring the sentencing for a second day in a row, CBI judge Shiv Pal Singh said he would decide whether the sentence would be delivered over video conference or in court.

To this, Prasad said he was for personal appearance and assured him that there would be no slogans raised in the courtroom by his supporters.

The judge also said he had received phone calls from well-wishers of the Rashtriya Janata Dal boss but did not elaborate.

The court had on 23 December convicted Prasad and 15 others and acquitted six, including former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra. Prasad was convicted for offences of cheating with criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act. He can be sentenced to a minimum jail term of one year and a maximum of seven years.

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