Lalu Back in Patna; To Return to Ranchi Jail on Aug. 30

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav coming out of Patna Airport on Saturday.

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Patna: After spending a few weeks at Mumbai's Asian Heart Institute for treatment of a number of ailments, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav returned to Patna on Saturday after a Ranchi court rejected his plea for bail extension ordering him to report to prison in Jharkhand where he is to spend more than a decade following his conviction in multiple cases of fodder scam.

Yadav, accompanied by his trusted right-hand man and party legislator Bhola Yadav, emerged from the afternoon flight on a wheelchair and was taken to a car waiting outside the airport as his supporters filled the air with the chant of 'Lalu Yadav Zindabad'.

As reporters hurled questions at the former Chief Minister of Bihar now a convicted felon in the fodder scam, Yadav did not say anything except mentioning he was barred from making any political comment by the court.

Interestingly, nobody from Yadav's immediate family was present at the airport.

As reported, the Ranchi High Court on Thursday had refused to extend his bail ordering him to report to the jail by August 30.

The RJD chief had been out on parole on medical grounds since last May when he was granted a conditional bail for five days to attend his elder son Tej Pratap Yadav's wedding to the granddaughter of former Bihar Chief Minister Daroga Rai.

Since then, Yadav's lawyers had been successful in obtaining extensions in his bail on one medical ground after another keeping their client out of jail for nearly last four months.


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