Ranchi: RJD supremo and fodder scam convict Lalu Prasad Yadav surrendered before a special CBI court in Ranchi on Thursday on expiry of his provisional bail. Rejecting his plea for extension of parole last week, Jharkhand High Court had asked him to surrender by August 30 and directed the state government to provide medical care whenever needed.
After his surrender before Judge S S Prasad, RJD chief’s advocate Prabhat Kumar said his client had been suffering from various ailments.
At this, the judge directed doctors of the Birsa Munda Jail to consult doctors who were treating the former chief minister.
The judge also said that Lalu Prasad could also undergo treatment by doctor Umesh Prasad at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) here.
After being sent to jail in December last year following conviction in fodder scam cases, Prasad 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.
Before approaching the court, Lalu said that he has full faith on judiciary. Asserting that his health condition is not good, the RJD chief said that it was for the court to decide whether to keep him in jail or in hospital.
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 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.
Lalu has been in Birsa Munda jail at Ranchi since December 23, 2017, after being convicted in the second case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of money from Deogarh treasury.