Lalu Prasad’s bail plea in fodder scam cases rejected

Lalu Prasad’s bail plea in fodder scam cases rejected
Lalu Prasad (File)
New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) | Publish Date: 1/10/2019 10:06:01 AM IST

The Jharkhand High Court on Thursday rejected a bail petition filed by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad in connection with the multi-crore fodder scam cases.

Imprisoned for over a year, Prasad has been in the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi for over a month  Prasad had petitioned the court of Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh seeking bail on medical grounds and the court reserved its order on January 4, 2019. Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal had argued for Prasad, citing the latter’s bad health and also saying Prasad’s presence was essential for distributing election ticket to candidates in his capacity as RJD president.

RJD MLA and its spokesperson Shakti Yadav said all partymen and people of Bihar were hurt over the court’s decision. “Now we’ll approach Supreme Court for relief”, he added. Convicted in the Dumka, Deoghar and Chaibasa treasury cases, Prasad is lodged in the Birsa Munda Central jail in Ranchi since December 23, 2017. The Rs 900-crore fodder scam cases are related to fraudulent withdrawal of money from treasuries in the Animal Husbandry Department in the early 1990s in the then undivided Bihar when Prasad was the chief minister.

On December 11 last, Prasad filed the petition in the High Court, requesting bail in three fodder scam cases in which he has been convicted, citing old age and poor health. In his petition, he said that he was now 71-years old and was suffering from diabetes, blood pressure and other ailments. He also pointed out that he had obtained bail in one of the cases. Prasad has been awarded 3.5 years of jail on January 6, 2018 in the Deoghar fodder scam case, and five-year jail term in the Chaibasa treasury case. He has been sentenced to 14 years of jail in the Dumka treasury case under two separate sections of the IPC. He got bail in one of the two Chaibasa treasury cases.

Political leaders and his family members, including two sons, have been meeting Prasad in the paying ward of RIMS.


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