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After Smith escapes with only a one match ban, Laloo Prasad requests his trial to be moved to ICC

26, Mar 2018 By Santosh Pradhan

CBI special judge Shiv Pal Singh on Saturday gave the heaviest sentence yet in fodder scam cases to Prasad, sentencing him to jail for seven years apiece in two cases and terms which will run one after the other. This now temporarily ends Laloo Prasad Yadav’s political career. In South Africa though, chief executive David Richardson laid the charge against Australia captain Steve Smith that eventually led to the latter being handed a one-match ban and 100% fine of the match fee. This has been looked upon to be very lenient punishment for the Australian captain.

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RJD leaders were sure that Laloo would surely like to appeal to the higher court, but looking at the judgment in the ball tampering case, Laloo now wants his court case to be shifted to the ICC panel. Laloo has also drafted the advantages of international judgment. According to him, 1) ICC is an international body, so there will be no bias towards any politician. 2) The judgment will be delivered in a speedy way just like the Steve Smith case. 3) SO many court cases are pending in Indian courts and it will give a relief to the already burdened courts.

Looking at Laloo’s request, many politicians like A.raja, P Chidabaram, Madhu Koda and others have requested the government to pass a bill which will make it mandatory for all cases involving politicians to be fought in the ICC. This looks like a revenue generation opportunity for ICC which can charge the Indian judiciary for every verdict delivered by the panelists. It has to be seen as to how seriously the law minister and other senior government ministers take this requests. But the fast-paced judgment roled out by ICC can surely prove to be a boon for the crumbling judiciary.