Lalu Prasad’s hearing on Suspension of Sentence Plea Postponed to December 11

Ranchi: The Jharkhand High Court on Friday deferred the suspension of RJD Chief Lalu Prasad’s bail plea over his conviction in fodder scam case he was related to fake withdrawals.

Prasad’s lawyer Sibal argued that the former Bihar chief minister completed more than 42 months in judicial custody, which is more than the punishment granted by the trial court in the Dumka treasury case. The CBI mentioned that the court convicted him to seven years imprisonment under the IPC and another seven years under the Prevention of Corruption Act. There was also news that claimed that he had only spent 34 months in jail for the other three other cases in which he was granted bail.

The court order nowhere indicates that all the sentences Prasad was convicted to would run concurrently or not. It is claimed that Prasad did not spend a single day in jail related to the fraudulent withdrawal case of over Rs 3.13 crore. Sibal mentioned that Prasad was suffering from different illnesses, for which he should be granted bail.

Lalu Prasad has been charged with four out of the five fodder scam cases related to illegal withdrawal of Rs 3.13 Crore from Chaibasa, Deoghar and Dumka. The Jharkhand high court fixed the date December 4 for the hearing of Prasad’s alleged mishandling the facilities at Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), where he is undergoing treatment for various ailments now.

Kiran Mondal

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