In a big breaking development, the Jharkhand High Court on Friday has granted bail to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fodder scam pertaining to the Deoghar treasury. Even as the RJD leader has received bail in the Fodder scam, in order to come out of jail, the former CM of Bihar will have to seek bail in other fodder scam cases as well.
"On the ground that the sentence was for three-and-half-years and it has been more than 1.5 years now. Another man convicted with Lalu Prasad was also granted bail after 1.5 years of sentence, so giving that as the argument we sought the bail from the court. Rs. 50,000 security has been sought by the court. On the matter of passport, we told that his passport has already been expired. However, he has not been granted bail in two other cases. Following bails in those two cases only he will be out of jail," Lalu Prasad's advocate Prabhat Kumar said speaking to media in the matter.
Prasad has been serving jail term in a number of fodder scam cases in the Birsa Munda Jail of Ranchi.
Earlier on July 10, a Jharkhand High Court bench recused itself from hearing a CBI petition seeking enhancement of the jail term of Lalu Prasad Yadav and five others in a fodder scam case.
After being convicted on December 2017, Lalu was on January 6 sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail and fined Rs 10 lakh by a CBI judge in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury almost two decades ago.
After being sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in a Fodder scam case, Lalu Prasad Yadav on January 24 was convicted in yet another case related to the same scam. The former Bihar CM was convicted in a case pertaining to the embezzlement of Rs 33.67 crore from the Chaibasa district treasury during 1992-93. In multiple cases, the RJD leader has been sentenced to up to 14 years in jail.
He is currently admitted in Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) in Ranchi for treatment.
(With agency inputs)