New Delhi, Jan 13: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav who is lodged in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central Jail moved the Jharkhand High Court on Friday and sought bail against his conviction in fodder scam case. Chittaranjan Sinha, Lalu Yadav’s advocate said that the court is likely to hear his petitions on January 19.
On January 6, Lalu was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail and fined Rs 10 lakh by a special CBI court in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury 21 years ago.
Meanwhile, a special CBI court in Ranchi will pronounce its judgement in the third of five fodder scam cases against RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who has been convicted in two of them, on January 24. The case relates to alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 35.62 crore from the Chaibasa treasury in the 1990s when he was the chief minister of undivided Bihar. As per a CBI official, special judge S S Prasad fixed January 24 for pronouncing the verdict as arguments in the case are over.
On the other hand, a few days ago, it was reported that two aides of the former Bihar chief minister surrendered in an allegedly false case and were lodged in Ranchi’s jail on the same day when Lalu was sent to prison in connection with the fodder scam case.
Speaking to ANI, DSP Ranchi had said,”It seems these are the two people who had surrendered in a case which was registered on December 23. We are probing the matter.” An FIR was filed against Mohan and Laxman in an alleged case of snatching and assaulting on December 23 in the Lower Bazar Police Station in Ranchi. As per reports, the two deliberately committed the crime to get themselves imprisoned in the same jail as Lalu and serve him there.