Fodder scam: Lalu moves Jharkhand High Court against conviction, seeks bail

Lalu Prasad

Lalu Prasad

A special CBI court here will pronounce its judgement in the third of five fodder scam cases against RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who has been convicted in two of them, on January 24.

"Lalu is in jail to save his illegally acquired wealth".

On Wednesday, Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is now served at Ranchi's Birsa Munda jail, appeared before Judge Shivpal Singh in connection with another fodder scam, and reportedly made a subdued attempt at seeking bail, before complaining about jail authorities not allowing him to meet more than three visitors a day. 15 others were also convicted by the court in the case relating to multi-million-rupee scam.

The RJD, however, jumped to its leader's defence, insisting the presence of the two - Lakshman Mahto and Madan Yadav - was "conicidental".

"This shows that Lalu Prasad's commitment to social justice is a sham and he cares only for himself and his family members", Kumar, a JD-U member of legislative council, said.

An FIR was filed against Mohan and Laxman in an alleged case of snatching and assaulting on December 23 in the Lower Bazar Police Station in Ranchi.

JD (U) also said that after Lalu's jail term begins, his party will disintegrate soon, as senior leaders like Jagdanand Singh, Shivanand Tiwari, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Abdul Bard Siddiqui and Ramchandra Purve won't accept a non-matriculate leader like Tejaswi Yadav as their leader.

The RJD chief has spent nearly a fortnight in the Bisra Munda Jail in Ranchi.

Lalu was lodged in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Central Jail after a special CBI court sentenced him to 3.5 years of jail on January 6. "They have been, after all, sent to jail after an inquiry by the police administration and it is for the administration to say anything on the matter". Sources claimed that in 2013, when Lalu Yadav was convicted in the first fodder scam case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa treasury, Mahto and Madan Yadav used the same trick to land in jail and be at their master's beck and call.

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