Jharkhand High Court grants Lalu Prasad Yadav bail in Dumka Treasury Fodder Scam case; former Union Minister set to walk out of jail

The Jharkhand High Court today granted bail to former Union Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in the Dumka Treasury case, one of the cases related to the fodder scam for which he was convicted.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad was Saturday granted bail by the Jharkhand High Court in a case linked to the fodder scam.

The case pertains to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.5 crore from the Dumka treasury by Animal Husbandry Department officials between 1991 and 1996, when Lalu was the chief minister of Bihar. The trial court had held Lalu guilty under Sections 120 B (Criminal conspiracy), 420 (Cheating), 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent), 467 (Forgery of valuable security, will, etc.), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating) , 471 (Whoever fraudulently or dishonestly uses as genuine) of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corrupt Act.

The former Bihar Chief Minister was sentenced to fourteen years of rigorous imprisonment in the case by a Special CBI Court in 2018.

This case is one of the four fodder scam cases that he was convicted in. Yadav is already on bail in three other cases.

With the bail in the present case, Yadav is expected to be released from jail.

He secured bail in the Chaibasa Treasury Scam case in October 2020, and in the Deoghar Treasury Scam case in February 2020. The trial in the Doranda Treasury case is still ongoing.

Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal with Advocate Adit S Pujari appeared for Yadav.

Yadav, so far, has been convicted in four out of the five cases related to multi-crore fodder scam cases related to Chaibasa Treasury (RC20A/96) on September 30, 2013, another Chaibasa Treasury (RC68A/96) on January 24, 2018, Deoghar Treasury (RC 64A/96) on February 23, 2018 and Dumka Treasury (RC38A/96) on February 19.

Lalu recently found himself in controversy over an alleged phone call to Bihar BJP MLA Lalan Kumar Paswan, in which he sought help in defeating the NDA’s candidate for Assembly Speaker’s post.

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