lalu prasad yadav: Fodder scam: SC notice on CBI’s plea challenging bail granted to Lalu Prasad

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider the petitions filed by the CBI challenging two orders of the Jharkhand High Court granting bail to RJD president Lalu Prasad in the multi-crore fodder scam. A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai issued notice to Prasad on petitions filed by the CBI challenging the High Court’s orders of April 17, 2021 and October 9, 2020.

Additional Solicitor General SV Raju appeared for CBI.

The High Court had on April 17, 2021 granted bail to Prasad in the multi-crore fodder scam Dumka treasury case on completion of half his sentence, paving the way for his release from jail.

While on October 9, 2020, the High Court had granted bail to Prasad in a fodder scam case involving illegal withdrawal of funds from the Chaibasa Treasury.

On March 24, 2018, while awarding a 14-year jail term to Prasad in the Dumka case, the special CBI court in Ranchi had also imposed a fine of Rs 60 lakh, Rs 30 lakh under IPC sections and the Corruption Act.

The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury in the early 1990s.

Prasad had secured bail in three other fodder scam cases – Deogarh, Chaibasa and Ranchi’s Doranda Treasury cases – and was awaiting the verdict in the Dumka case.

The Rs 950-crore fodder scam happened in the animal husbandry department in undivided Bihar when Prasad was the chief minister.

Prasad is in Ranchi jail after being sentenced to Rs 89 lakh in the Deogarh treasury case on December 23, 2017.

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