Fodder scam: SC refuses bail to Lalu Yadav

 

 

 

 

 

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the bail plea of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in cases relating to the multi-crore fodder scam.The order was passed by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi which asked the RJD chief to seek relief in the Jharkhand high court.This came a day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a counter affidavit in the apex court, opposing the bail plea filed by Yadav.According to the affidavit, Yadav sought bail to carry out political activities during the elections and therefore, his petition should be rejected.The RJD supremo had last month moved the apex court challenging a Jharkhand high court verdict which rejected his bail plea.Yadav had sought bail on medical grounds. He is currently serving jail sentences handed to him by a special CBI court in Ranchi in connection with fodder scam cases.The cases pertain to fraudulent withdrawals from state treasuries by Animal Husbandry Department officials between 1991 and 1996 when Yadav was the Chief Minister of undivided Bihar.He was granted temporary bail by the high court for six weeks on May 11 last year for undergoing treatment. However, the extension of the provisional bail was rejected by the court.

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