Fodder scam case: Lalu moves Jharkhand High Court against conviction, seeks bail

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One could call it jail bharo, Lalu style.

Ranchi: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was once again presented before CBI judge Shiv Pal Singh on Wednesday at Ranchi Court where he cried harsh attitude of jail authorities towards him. 15 others were also convicted by the court in the case relating to multi-million-rupee scam.

Seeking leniency because the Makar Sankranti festival was around the corner, on Sunday, "We celebrate it in a grand way.by eating dahi churra", Lalu Yadav said, trying to be his persuasive best.

The RJD jumped to its leader's defence, insisting that the presence of Mahto and Madan Yadav in jail was "conicidental". Other government officials remained tight-lipped.

Akhtar, however, rejected the allegations and claimed that he was not on duty on the day, when the call was reportedly made to the judge.

"This shows that Lalu Prasad's commitment to social justice is a sham and he cares only for himself and his family members", Kumar, a JD-U member of legislative council, said. The SDM also said that he had never spoken to the CBI judge.

An FIR was filed against Mohan and Laxman in an alleged case of snatching and assaulting on December 23 in the Lower Bazar Police Station in Ranchi.

Both the aides of Lalu Yadav have been booked under IPC Section dealing with theft, causing hurt, insulting someone and wrongful restraint, punishable with a maximum of three years in jail.

The RJD chief has spent nearly a fortnight in the Bisra Munda Jail in Ranchi.

The superintendent of Birsa Munda Central Jail, where the RJD boss is lodged since December 23 after his conviction in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar treasury 21 years ago, could not be reached immediately for comments. Convicted in another fodder scam case in 2013, he was sentenced to five years imprisonment and is on bail.

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