Jharkhand HC cancels Lalu’s provisional bail

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Ranchi, Aug 24 (IANS) The Jharkhand High Court on Friday rejected the provisional bail of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad, asking him to surrender by August 30.

The court while hearing the former leader’s regular bail plea on August 10 had said that he could not stay in a house on a provisional bail. Lalu’s lawyer had sought three more months of provisional bail on health grounds.

The CBI lawyer argued that Lalu was misusing the bail provisions and that he goes to his home after getting treatment.

Lalu was granted six weeks of provisional bail for treatment in May which was later extended by the court.

He was in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central Jail after being convicted in December 2017 in a fodder scam case.

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He was convicted in two more cases in January and March this year and awarded 14-year imprisonment.

In 2013, the RJD chief was convicted in the first fodder scam case and sentenced to jail for five years.

The multi-million fodder scam had surfaced in the 1990s when he was Bihar Chief Minister. At the directive of the Patna High Court, the probe was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

–IANS

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