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High Court stays contempt move against Tiwari

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The Jharkhand High Court on Friday put a stay on the order issued by Special CBI Court of Shiv Pal Singh on January 3 against Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari for the alleged comments that sentencing of RJD chief Lalu Prasad was influenced by caste considerations.

Hearing the appeal, a bench of Justice Apresh Kumar Singh asked the State Government and the CBI to file their reply in this regard. ‘Contempt of Court’ notices were also issued against leader of the Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejaswi Yadav, party’s vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari along with the Congress Spokesperson Manish Tiwari for making comments against the December 23 verdict of the fodder scam cases by the court.

They allegedly had said that Lalu was convicted because he belonged to a backward caste, while former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra, another accused in the same case, was acquitted as he was a Brahmin.

“While hearing the challenge petition filed by Manish Tiwari against the contempt notice issued by the Special CBI Court on January 3, the Court has put an stay on the order of the notice itself till February 2 and has asked CBI and the State to file their reply in this regard,” said Kumar Vaibhav, an aide of former Advocate General RS Majumdar. Now, Tiwari and the other accused persons in the case need not appear in the court on January 23, he added.

Earlier, Prasad appeared in the Special CBI Court of Pradeep Kumar in connection with RC47A/96 related fraudulent withdrawal of `139.39 crore from Doranda Treasury where statements of Income Tax Officer Ashok Kumar Pandey was registered in the Court. The RJD Chief is currently lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail after the special CBI Court of Shiv Pal Singh on January 6 pronounced 3.5 years’ jail for him. 

 
 
 
 
 

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