Former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was on Friday granted bail by Jharkhand High Court in the Chaibasa Treasury case related to the fodder scam. Yadav, however, will remain in jail owing to the 14-year sentence of imprisonment against him with relation to the Dumka Treasury case. The fodder scam case pertains to anomalies worth Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa treasury during 1992-93 when Yadav was Bihar’s chief minister.
Lalu was convicted and sentenced in three fodder scam cases related to fraud and illegal withdrawal from government treasuries in Dumka, Deogarh and Chaibasa, all of which were part of the undivided Bihar. While the Jharkhand HC had already granted him bail in Deogarh case, the High Court on Friday granted bail to Lalu in Chaibasa case as he has already served half of the jail sentence, a condition mandatory for securing bail.
In the Chaibasa treasury case, Lalu Prasad was given five years’ sentence. In the month of September, his lawyer made a plea in court that since he was about to complete half of his sentence period in jail, the ex-Bihar Chief Minister should be granted bail.
The RJD leader and former Union Minister, who was staying at the paying ward of Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), was shifted to the Director’s residence earlier in the month of September after nine of his security personnel tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19.
Lalu will be set free only after securing bail in the Dumka case as well.