The Jharkhand high court on Friday granted bail to ailing
RJD president Lalu Prasad
in one of the fodder scam cases in which he had been convicted in January 2018 and sentenced to five years in jail. While the court's decision in the Rs 33.67-crore Chaibasa treasury embezzlement case led RJD supporters to rejoice, Lalu won't be out of jail until at least two days after the assembly polls in
are over on November 7, report Chandrajit Mukherjee & Sheezan Nezami.
Lalu’s bail plea in the
Dumka treasury embezzlement case
has been listed for hearing on November 9, a day before counting of votes.
Lalu was convicted in four fodder scam cases — two of them pertaining to fraudulent withdrawals from the Chaibasa treasury between 1992 and 1993 when he was the chief minister of undivided Bihar. The other cases are related to the Deoghar and Dumka treasuries. The Dumka case is the only one in which he is yet to be granted bail. Lalu’s trial in the Doranda treasury case is still on while proceedings in the
treasury case are yet to resume after being stalled more than a year ago because of his failure to appear in a Patna court.
Hearing his bail petition through video-conferencing on Friday, Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh asked Lalu to submit two personal bonds of Rs 50,000 each and make a bail deposit of Rs 2 lakh. The court also sought his medical report and details of all those who met him during his treatment at Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences. Lalu’s counsel Kapil Sibal said his client has been in custody for 30 months, which is half of the maximum sentence pronounced by the CBI special court that convicted him on January 24, 2018.
Lalu’s sons Tej Pratap and Tejashwi did not comment.