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Fodder scam: Jharkhand HC denies bail to RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav

By Deepika
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    Jharkhand High Court on Friday rejected the bail plea of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, who is serving a three and a half years sentence in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Central Jail after being convicted in a fodder case by a CBI special court.

    Lalu Prasad Yadav

    Yadav was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail by the CBI court on January 6 for fraudulent withdrawl from Deoghar treasury between 1990 and 1994 when he was the Bihar chief minister.

    On January 23, CBI court sentenced Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad for 5 years in jail in the third fodder scam case.

    In December 23, the former Bihar chief minister was convicted in the case relating to illegal withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar treasury.

    This was the second conviction of the former Union minister in the scam that was reported for the first time 21 years ago.

    Earlier, the 69-year-old RJD leader was convicted of fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa treasury in September 30, 2013, and was awarded a five-year jail term.

    He was granted bail by the Supreme Court after having spent over two-and-a-half months in jail.

    Prasad is an accused in two more fodder scam cases in Ranchi relating to the "fraudulent" withdrawal of Rs 3.97 crore from the Dumka treasury, Rs 36 crore from the Chaibasa treasury and Rs 184 crore from the Doranda treasury respectively.

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