Lalu Prasad Yadav has moved the Jharkhand High Court seeking its directive to call SC Chawla from Thailand to record his statement as witness in the fodder scam case.
Though the court is yet to respond,Lalu’s petition appears to be a part of his design to delay the delivery of judgement in the RC 20/96 case in which he is one of the prime accused.
In his petition,Lalu states that during investigations into the case,the CBI had seized a document from his residence indicating he had undertaken a tour to Bangkok at the behest of other accused in the case.But Lalu claims that he had gone there to take lunch hosted by Chawla.
Earlier,in response to his identical plea,the CBI designated court had issued a summon to Chawla.But the summon had returned without eliciting any response from a person called Chawla in Bangkok.Subsequently,Lalu pleaded that the help of the Indian Mission in Bangkok be secured in this direction.
But the court had turned down his plea.Challenging this decision of the CBI’s court,Lalu had approached the high court asking it to call Chawla to record his statement.
Incidentally,after the CBI court folded up hearing the case of the prosecution,Lalu had sought its permission to put up 79 witnesses in his favour.But the court allowed him to present 15 witnesses.
Challenging this decision,Lalu filed a petition in the high court seeking its permission to allow him to present 70 witnesses.But the high court turned down his plea and asked him to present 22 witnesses.Of them,20 witnesses have already recorded their statements.
But since he had filed the petition again,the CBI’s court can not complete recording the statements of other two witnesses and announce verdict,till the high court disposes off his petition afresh.