Lalu

Ranchi: The Jharkhand High Court on Friday extended the provisional bail period of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, convicted in four fodder scam cases, till 20 August on medical grounds.

The period was extended by Justice Apresh Kumar Singh.

“We have prayed for the extension of the bail period for three more months on medical grounds,” Prasad’s counsel Prabhat Kumar said.

The high court had on 11 May granted six weeks provisional bail to Prasad and again extended it till 14 August, Chitaranjan Sinha, another counsel for the RJD chief, said.

Prasad, 69, suffers from diabetes, blood pressure, kidney problems and other ailments and is currently being treated at the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai, Sinha said. He has been convicted in four cases of the multi-crore fodder scam.

The cases relate to illegal withdrawal of money from government treasuries in different districts for the the animal husbandry department in undivided Bihar in the 1990s when the RJD was in power in the State.

On 30 September 2013, he was convicted in the first fodder scam case related to the Chaibasa Treasury.

The former Bihar chief minister was again convicted in another case related to the Chaibasa Treasury on 24 January 2018. On 23 February and 19 March, he was convicted in cases related to the Deoghar Treasury and the Dumka Treasury respectively.

The court had on 19 March held the 69-year-old RJD chief guilty along with 18 others in connection with the case. The former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra, however, was acquitted in the case along with 12 other accused.

The RJD supremo has been in jail since 23 December last year, after being convicted in the Deoghar treasury case for three-and-a-half years before being convicted in the Chaibasa treasury case (five years) and the Dumka treasury case (14 years).