The Jharkhand High Court on Friday granted bail to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad in the Doranda Treasury case, related to the fodder scam, in which a CBI special court had sentenced him to five years in prison.
Prasad’s lawyer Prabhat Kumar said, “The Jharkhand High court on Friday granted bail to Lalu Prasad as he had already served 41 months in custody, which more than half the period already served in this case.”
The court on February 21 this year had sentenced Prasad for fodder scam case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 139.35 crore from Doranda treasury in 1995-1996. A fine of Rs 60 lakh was also slapped on Prasad.
Special Judge SK Shashi had also stated that ED may confiscate assets gathered from the proceeds of crime and launch an investigation. His lawyer Prabhat Kumar had then said that Prasad has already undergone more than three years in custody and he would apply for bail on this particular ground.
The former Bihar Chief Minister has already been convicted in the previous four fodder scam cases – related to Dumka, Deoghar, Chaibasa and Banka-Bhagalpur treasuries. He is currently out on bail in the former three cases on grounds that he has undergone half the sentence. The Banka-Bhagalpur case is pending before CBI Patna pertaining to illegal withdrawal of money from the said treasury.