Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav gets bail, to stay in jail

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Lalu Prasad Yadav
Lalu Prasad Yadav

Ranchi : The Jharkhand High Court on Friday granted bail to former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in a fodder case, saying that he has successfully completed half of the five-year sentence in said case.

However, despite bail he would not be able to leave the jail as he is also serving another jail term of 14 years in another fodder scam.

Yadav has been undergoing treatment in custody at Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) for over two years.

The bench of justice Aparesh Kumar Singh granted bail to him on the condition that he would furnish two sureties of Rs 50,000 each and deposit Rs 2 lakh of Rs 10 lakh fine amount slapped on him along with the sentence.

The bench has sought a medical report of Lalu Prasad Yadav from RIMS medical superintendent. The matter has been posted for another hearing on November 7.

Yadav had suffered a major jolt in the fodder scam case on September 30, 2013, when a trial court in Ranchi held him guilty in the first of six cases against him. The conviction got him five years in prison, disqualification from Parliament and a ban on contesting elections. He was released on bail same year on Supreme Court's directive.

On December 23, 2017, he was convicted in three other fodder scam cases in quick succession. Since then, he has been in jail.