SC Grants Bail, To Lalu Prasad, In Fodder Scam Case

SC Grants Bail To Lalu Prasad In Fodder Scam Case

NEW DELHI: In a relief to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad, the Supreme Court on Friday granted him bail in a fodder scam case.

Lalu Prasad was awarded five years' imprisonment by the special Ranchi court for his alleged involvement in the fodder scam.

There were 44 accused in the case and 37 of them have already been granted bail and bail application of six others is under consideration of the trial court.

The apex court has granted bail on the grounds of parity with others convicted in the case, CNN-IBN reported.

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam granted bail after noting that several other similarly placed convicts have already been granted bail in the case.

SC Grants Bail To Lalu Prasad In Fodder Scam Case
SC Grants Bail To Lalu Prasad In Fodder Scam Case

The bench also comprising Justice Ranjan Gogoi, however, left it to the trial court to decide the bail bonds, sureties and other conditions to be imposed on the former Member of Parliament.

The RJD chief has challenged the Jharkhand High Court's 31 October interim order rejecting his plea for bail during the dependency of his appeal against the trial court order sentencing him to undergo an imprisonment of five years and a two fines totalling to Rs. 25 lakhs.

Faulting the high court order, Lalu Prasad's petition said that RK Rana who too was convicted for the same offence as he was and awarded five years rigorous imprisonment was granted bail six days before his bail plea was rejected.

The Central Bureau of Investigation, which is the prosecuting agency in the case, did not oppose Lalu Prasad's bail plea.

Pleading for bail, Lalu Prasad, who lost his membership of Parliament after being convicted in the case, submitted that of the 44 persons convicted along with him, 37 have been granted bail and no one's, except his bail plea has been rejected.

Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, appearing for the politician, submitted Prasad has already spent 12 months behind bars, including two months of his five-year sentence, and sought bail, saying the Jharkhand High Court before which his appeal is pending will take at least seven to eight years to decide the case.

The RJD chief, another former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and 43 others were on 30th September convicted by a special CBI court in the fodder scam case involving fraudulent withdrawal of Rs.37.7 crore from Chaibasa treasury during the Lalu-led RJD regime.

The CBI court had pronounced varying prison terms for the convicted persons on 3rd October.

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