Fodder scam case: SC seeks CBI response on Lalu Prasad Yadav's bail plea

Lalu Prasad Yadav attempts for bail in Fodder scam case
Lalu Prasad Yadav

New Delhi: The Supreme Court sought the CBI's response on a plea of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav seeking bail in three cases related to the multi-crore fodder scam.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to respond to two weeks on Yadav's plea challenging the January 10th verdict of the Jharkhand High Court rejecting bail to him in these cases.

The over-Rs-900 crore fodder scam relates to fraudulent withdrawal of money from treasuries in the Animal Husbandry department in early 1990s when Bihar and Jharkhand were one state and the RJD was in power with Yadav the chief minister.

Yadav is lodged in the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi, Jharkhand, since December 2017 on account of these cases. The RJD leader had cited old age and poor health for grant of bail at the Jharkhand High Court. Yadav, 71, had informed that he was suffering from diabetes, blood pressure and other ailments, and has been undergoing treatment at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi.

Yadav also cited that he had obtained bail in one of the fodder scam cases. He has been convicted for fraudulent withdrawal of money from Deoghar, Dumka and two Chaibasa treasuries. Yadav got bail in one of the two Chaibasa-treasury related cases. He is currently facing a fifth case pertaining to Doranda treasury.

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