New Delhi: Former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Party (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has been shifted to the paying ward of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) as he could not reportedly sleep due to incessant barking of dogs near the super specialty ward. Also Read - Man Beaten to Death in Bihar's Sitamarhi For Informing Police About COVID-19 Suspects
He was shifted on Wednesday night, RIMS Superintendent Vivek Kashyap told reporters. He said permission was granted by the Superintendent of the Birsa Munda Central Jail to shift him. (ALSO READ: Fodder Scam: RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Provisional Bail Extended Till July 3) Also Read - 'Nitish Must Quit,' Says Prashant Kishor as he Tweets Video of Workers Locked up in Bihar
Rashtriya Janata Dal legislator Bhola Yadav had said on September 3 that Lalu Yadav was not able to sleep due to the barking of dogs and this was affecting his health. Also Read - Coronavirus in Bihar: What Self-isolation? Hospitals Blamed For Failing to Contain Spread
On September 1, RIMS, Ranchi, Dr. RK Srivastava had said that his health conditions are normal. Fodder scam convict had surrendered on August 30 to a special CBI court in Ranchi. On the same day, he was shifted to RIMS from the Birsa Munda Central Jail for treatment.
After being sent to jail in December last year following conviction in fodder scam cases, Prasad had spent a considerable time at the RIMS hospital in Ranchi and at the AIIMS at New Delhi, for treatment of various ailments. He was also treated at a Mumbai hospital for three weeks and was discharged on August 25.
He was released on six weeks’ provisional bail on May 11 by the Jharkhand High Court for medical treatment and was restrained from taking part in any public function, political activity or issuing statements to the media during the period. The high court had extended the period of Prasad’s bail and on August 24 refused to extend it further. The former Bihar chief minister was ordered to surrender before August 30.
The RJD chief had already 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.
(With agency inputs)