Ranchi: Former chief minister of Bihar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav was granted bail by the Jharkhand High Court on the Chaibasa treasury case related to Rs 950 crore fodder scam on Friday.
The case was concerned with the withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from the Chaibasa treasury during the year 1992-93 when Yadav was Bihar CM.
However, Yadav will not be free despite being granted the bail as he has been also sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment in connection to the Dumka treasury embezzlement case. The Dumka treasury case prevails to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.5 crore by the officials from the Animal Husbandry Department during the time period from the years 1991 and 1996 when Yadav was the CM of the undivided Bihar.
Presently, the 72-year-old RJD leader is undergoing treatment at Jharkhand’s premier Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) as he has diagnosed with ‘Type 2’ diabetes and hypertension. He is also a chronic kidney patient.
Lalu Prasad Yadav has been convicted to imprisonment for six cases in connection to misappropriation of public funds. He has been in prison since 2017. He was sentenced to 3.5 years, 5 years and 14 years of jail terms in three fodder scam cases.
Yadav was granted bail in Deoghar treasury case by the Jharkhand High Court in December 2013. In one of the fodder scam cases, he had served half of the 3.5 years of imprisonment.
Also, the former chief minister of Bihar will not be directly associated with the upcoming Bihar elections which will be held in three phases starting from October 28. Yadav has been banned from contesting polls and was also disqualified from the Parliament.