Ranchi: The Jharkhand High Court on Thursday rejected the bail petition of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav in three cases of the multi-crore fodder scam.

Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh turned down the bail plea of Yadav, CBI lawyer Rajeev Sinha said.

The same court had on January 4 reserved its order on the RJD supremo’s bail plea after hearing arguments of his counsel Kapil Sibal and that of the CBI.

Yadav is currently lodged in a paying ward of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here.

On December 21, 2017, the High Court deferred the hearing on bail petitions moved by jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad after the CBI counsel said he was yet to receive a report on the former chief minister’s health condition.

Notably, the RJD chief had been convicted in three fodder scam cases in 2013, 2017 and 2018 and sentenced to 5, 3.5 and 5 years of imprisonment respectively. His first conviction, on September 30, 2013, was a major blow to him as he faced disqualification from Lok Sabha and a ban on contesting the election. The over Rs 900-crore fodder scam cases are related to the illegal withdrawal of money from government treasury by the animal husbandry department in undivided Bihar in the 1990s when Prasad was the chief minister.