Ranchi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president and fodder scam convict Lalu Prasad is scheduled to surrender before a CBI court today, upon expiry of his provisional bail. Prasad was directed by the Jharkhand High Court to surrender before the CBI court by August 30. Also Read - 5 More Test COVID-19+ in Dharavi, 2 of Them Attended Nizamuddin Event; Total Tally Soars to 22
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. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: Mumbai's Dharavi Reports Third Death in Less Than 24 Hours; Area Sealed
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. Also Read - Sonu Sood Opens His Juhu Hotel For All Healthcare Workers, Calls Them Real Heroes During COVID-19
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.
(With PTI inputs)