Lalu’s Bail Plea Rejected by Jharkhand Court

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav (file photo).

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s hope of getting reprieve from a Ranchi court came crashing down on Thursday when he was denied bail in three separate cases related to fodder scam essentially denying him an opportunity to jump into the Lok Sabha poll action leaving his younger son to navigate the Grand Alliance through the turbulent road to the election day.

The three cases related to illegal withdrawal of money from Deoghar, Dumka, and Chaibasa Treasury.

Yadav’s lawyers had asked for bail for their client on account of his ‘poor health’ but going by the hustle and bustle at the Ranchi Jail where the former Chief Minister of Bihar holds regular meetings with his own party leaders and leaders from other members of the Mahagathbandhan including Congress, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), and Mukesh Sahni’s VIP party, Justice Aparesh Singh of the Jharkhand court apparently did not fell for the excuses and rejected his plea.

The rejection of his bail plea is a huge setback for the RJD chief who had summoned noted lawyer Kapil Sibal to argue in the court on his behalf.

Characterizing the CBI probe against Yadav a travesty of justice, Sibal had told the court that the investigation into the fodder scam was full of legal holes that could not stand intense scrutiny by any court and yet he was given several years in prison by the special CBI court.

Sibal had also argued about the failing health of the RJD leader saying his client was diabetic and was also suffering from heart and kidney ailments and thus deserved to be out of jail so he could get proper health care in his home.

Judge Singh, however, was not having any of these and rejected his bail appeal in all three cases.

Yadav’s personal lawyer Prabhat Kumar said his client would now approach the Supreme Court to obtain bail.

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