Jharkhand: Lalu Prasad Yadav Granted Bail From Jharkhand High Court

Sushant Ranjan

Ranchi, 17 April 2021: RJD supremo Lalu Yadav, convicted in the fodder scam, has got bail from the Jharkhand High Court. He was granted bail in the hearing held in the court of Justice Aparesh Singh today. He has to furnish a bond of Rs One lakh and a fine of Rs 10 lakh. He will come out of jail in a day or two after furnishing the bail bond.

The High Court has said that Yadav will not go out of the country without permission from the court. Even, he will not change his mobile number and address. This bail has been given to Lalu after the completion of half the sentence in the Dumka Treasury case. Earlier, Yadav was granted bail in the Chaibasa Treasury case in October 2020 but was not released due to the Dumka Treasury case.

There is an atmosphere of happiness at Rabri Devi’s residence after his bail was granted. His sons Tej Pratap Yadav, Tejaswi Yadav, daughters Misa Bharati, Rajlaxmi Yadav and Rohini Acharya are happy after Lalu Yadav granted bail. RJD supporters are also excited.

Now Lalu Yadav will not have to return to Hotwar Jail in Ranchi. He is currently undergoing treatment at Delhi AIIMS. After undergoing treatment in RIMS Ranchi for about two and a half years, his health suddenly worsened in January. He was referred to AIIMS from RIMS on January 23, 2021, due to chest pain and trouble breathing.

The case of withdrawal from the Doranda Treasury involving the fodder scam against Lalu has not been completed. The matter was currently being debated, but due to COVID, the hearing has been banned in the CBI court.

Lalu Yadav sentenced in these 4 cases of fodder scam

First case – Chaibasa Treasury Case

Rs 37.7 crores alleged illegal withdrawal

44 accused including Lalu Prasad

Sentenced to 5 years in the case

Second case – Deoghar Treasury

Allegation of illegal withdrawal of Rs 84.53 lakh

Case on 38 including Lalu

Lalu Yadav sentenced to three and a half years

Third case – Chaibasa Treasury

Rs 33.67 crore illegal withdrawal charges

56 accused including Lalu Prasad

5 years sentence

Fourth case – Dumka Treasury

Rs 3.13 crore illegal withdrawal case

Sentenced to 7-7 years in two separate sections

What happened in the fodder scam?

27 January 1996: Loot of crores of rupees from government treasury revealed as cattle feed scam. Rs 37.6 crore were wrongly withdrawn from the Chaibasa Treasury.

March 11, 1996: Patna High Court directs CBI to investigate fodder scam.

March 19, 1996: The Supreme Court, confirming the order of the High Court, asked the High Court to monitor the bench.

30 July 1997: Lalu Prasad surrendered before CBI court.

August 19, 1998: A case of disproportionate assets was filed against Lalu and Rabri Devi.

April 4, 2000: Charge sheet filed against Lalu and Rabri Devi is made co-accused.

April 5, 2000: Lalu and Rabri surrender, Rabri gets bail.

June 9, 2000: Charges framed against Lalu in court.

October 2001: The Supreme Court transfers the case to a new state after Jharkhand became a separate state. After this Lalu surrendered in Jharkhand.

18 December 2006: Lalu and Rabri get a clean chit in case of disproportionate assets.

From 2000 to 2012: About 350 people testified in the case. Many witnesses died during this period.

May 17, 2012: Lalu fresh charges framed in CBI court. It also included a case of withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from Dumka Treasury between December 1995 and January 1996.

17 September 2013: Special court of Ranchi reserved the verdict in the fodder scam case.

30 September 2013: Lalu Prasad Yadav convicted in a fodder scam case.

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