The Jharkhand High Court on Saturday, 17 April granted bail to RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fodder scam case related to fraudulent withdrawal from Dumka Treasury.
The development comes after the High Court in the previous hearing on 19 February had rejected Lalu’s bail plea, saying that two months were left to complete half of the jail sentence and bail could be granted only after that.
After the plea was rejected, Lalu Prasad’s lawyer had claimed that two month jail period has not been counted, adding that Prasad had been in judicial custody for one month in 1997 and one month in 2001.Yadav was sentenced to seven years in jail in the case.
At Present, Yadav has been in prison since December 2017 and was sentenced to seven years in 2018 under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and seven years under the Prevention of Corruption Act in relation to the Fodder scam.
On January 23, he was shifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi for medical treatment after his health condition deteriorated. According to Lalu’s lawyer, a hearing of his bail plea will be conducted virtually due to Covid concerns.
Currently being treated at AIIMS hospital in Delhi, the septuagenarian RJD supremo was airlifted to AIIMS New Delhi in January last in view of his bad health.
Now, after getting bail in the Dumka Treasury case too, he no longer needs to remain in jail.