The Jharkhand High Court today granted bail in one of the fodder scams to the former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. A Bench of Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh passed the order. Lalu Prasad Yadav has been given bail by the Court subject to the deposit of Rs. 50,000 guarantee.
At different phases of the case, a host of senior lawyers including Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, and Chittranjan Sinha appeared before the High Court for Prasad. In December 2017, Lalu Prasad Yadav was sentenced under section 420,467,468,471,477(A) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 13(i)(c)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act to complete detention of seven years.
In the event, a Special CBI Court in Ranchi issued its judgment involving the Deoghar Treasury's embezzlement of Rs. 89 lakh between 1991 and 1994. Prasad was Bihar's chief minister during the scam.
He also approached the Jharkhand High Court requesting temporary bail for health reasons. The High Court awarded him temporary bail for a period of six weeks on May 11 last year. Finally, the same was expanded to August 27. Judge Aparesh Kumar Singh, however, refused to extend the bail any longer on August 24, forcing Yadav to surrender by August 30 to the police. Prasad approached the Jharkhand High Court several times after his conviction requesting a suspension of the sentence. This prayer was dismissed by the Court in February 2018 and January 2019. Yadav had appealed to the Supreme Court after the January order. The Apex Court, however, rejected the bail plea.
In March 2018, a Special Central Investigation Burea (CBI) Court convicted Yadav with fourteen-year imprisonment in another case linked to the fodder scam.
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