Lalu Granted Bail By Jharkhand HC In Fodder Scam Case. ‘Will Be Released Soon,’ Says Lawyer

New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Yadav was on Friday granted bail by Jharkhand High Court in a case related to the 1996 fodder scam.

“He has been granted bail on the uniform yardstick of half custody and health issues, he will be released soon. He will have to deposit Rs 1 lakh surety amount and Rs 10 lakh as fine,” his lawyer informed, as quoted by news agency ANI.

Previously, the Jharkhand High Court, at the request of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), had given one week’s time to the central agency to file its reply to the bail application filed by Lalu Prasad Yadav.

The court heard the matter today.

Lalu Yadav’s lawyer Prabhat Kumar had alleged that the CBI didn’t file a counter-affidavit as required on March 11 intentionally so that “Lalu Ji stays in prison longer”, ANI reported. 

Fifth Fodder Scam Case

The Rs 950-crore fodder scam relates to the fraudulent withdrawal of public funds from government treasuries in various districts of undivided Bihar. It is the fifth fodder scam case that the former Bihar chief minister has been proven guilty of.

He was found guilty of illegal withdrawals to the tune of Rs 139.35 crore from the Doranda treasury by a special CBI court in Jharkhand’s Ranchi. 

The RJD chief was declared guilty on February 15. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 60 lakh was imposed on him. 

Of the 99 accused in the case, 24 were acquitted while three-year jail terms were pronounced for the 46 accused. 

The scam came to light in January 1996 after a raid conducted by Deputy Commissioner of Chaibasa Amit Khare at the Animal Husbandry Department. The CBI was roped in by the Patna High Court in March 1996 after increasing pressure to investigate the case. 

The CBI registered an FIR in the case at a time when Bihar was still undivided. Lalu Prasad Yadav was named an accused in the case for the first time in the charge sheet filed by the CBI in June 1997.

(With Agency Inputs)

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