Fodder scam, Lalu Prasad Yadav, SC, bail plea

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the bail plea of RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who has been serving jail term after being convicted in multi-crore fodder scam case.

The bench rejected Yadav’s arguments that he has been in jail for 24 months, saying in comparison to the 14-year sentence awarded to him, 24 months was nothing.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Rajan Gogoi said it is not inclined to enlarge Yadav on bail in the cases.

Kapil Sibal, who appeared for Lalu Prasad Yadav, said Lalu Yadav was given a 14-year sentence and not 25 years, and he is not “running away”.

“If I am released on bail, I won’t run away. My appeal is not being heard (by the Jharkhand High Court). What is the danger if I am released on bail?”, asked Sibal.

In reply, CJI Ranjan Gogoi said, “Whether it is 25 years or 14, the High Court will decide. We can ask the High Court to expedite the cases against politicians.”

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday opposed bail plea of Lalu Prasda Yadav saying that the ailing leader suddenly claimed to be “fully fit” to undertake political activities in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted in three cases pertaining to the Fodder Scam that took place in the 1990s. He was convicted along with fifteen others in December 2017.

In March 2018,  a Special CBI Court sentenced Lalu Prasad Yadav to seven years imprisonment for his role in the fraudulent transfer of money to the tune of Rs. 3.76 crores from the Dumka Treasury between 1989 and 1995, during which time Yadav had served as the Chief Minister and Finance Minister.

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