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Fodder scam: Lalu Yadav surrenders in Ranchi

Doctors from the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai would examine Lalu Yadav and inform the court about his condition, his lawyer Prabhat Kumar said after his surrender

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Patna: Bihar politician Lalu Yadav surrendered in Jharkhand’s Ranchi today, days after a court refused to extend his parole. The former Bihar Chief Minister, jailed for corruption last year, had been out on bail since May.

“I am following the court’s order. I am unwell but I have faith in the high court verdict,” said the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief.

Lalu Yadav was jailed in December for three-and-a-half years after being convicted in a multi-million-rupee scam involving the embezzlement of government funds in Bihar meant for cattle fodder in the 1990s when he was chief minister of undivided Bihar.

The 70-year-old had asked for a three-month extension of his parole saying he needed treatment for an anal abscess, kidney stone, and enlarged prostate glands. But the Jharkhand High Court rejected it and ordered him to return to jail by today.

Doctors from the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai would examine Lalu Yadav and inform the court about his condition, his lawyer Prabhat Kumar said after his surrender.

The court also asked the state government to provide medical care to Lalu Yadav whenever needed. The CBI had strongly opposed any more reprieve for Lalu Yadav, saying he had already taken about three months off his jail term for his treatment.

Lalu Yadav was granted six weeks’ provisional bail in May in the fodder scam case. He was restrained from taking part in any public function or political activity and was also barred from interacting with the media during that time.

Lalu who had been undergoing treatment in a Mumbai hospital reached Ranchi on Wednesday. “Bolna nahi hai. Instruction hai. Tabiyat theek nahi hai. There are instructions. My health is not good),” Lalu Prasad told reporters while on his way to his wife Rabri Devi’s residence at 10, Circular road.

The RJD leader, who has been lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail since December, was granted six weeks provisional bail in May. The bail was further extended till 14 August, after which the court asked him to surrender on or before 30 August.

The fodder scam cases relate to illegal withdrawal of money from government treasuries in different districts for the animal husbandry department in undivided Bihar in the 1990s when the Rashtriya Janata Dal was in power in the state.

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