Big disappointment for Lalu Yadav: SC rejects bail plea in Fodder Scam case


New Delhi, This comes as a real shock for RJD in general and Lalu Yadav in particular as the Supreme Court dismisses RJD president’s bail plea in three cases of the multi-crore fodder scam. April 10 was an eagerly awaited day for RJD chief Lalu Yadav as the Supreme Court was to decide on his bail plea. RJD was hoping for some thunderous rallies by the RJD supremo who is a major crowd puller and his famous one-liners become slogans in an election year.  The election campaign with Lalu this year are lacking that chutzpah and punch.

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The Supreme Court is set to hear Lalu’s bail plea on April 10 and has asked CBI to file a reply. The Supreme Court Friday said it will hear on April 10 a plea of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav seeking bail in three cases related to the multi-crore-rupee fodder scam, in which he has been convicted and is behind the bars.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has asked the CBI to file a reply by April 9 and further said that Yadav’s bail plea will be taken up for a hearing next Wednesday, April 10.  Senior advocate Kapil Sibal who is appearing for the RJD supremo, sought urgent listing of the bail plea saying notice has been issued in the matter.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has said the agency needs to file reply in the matter. “You (CBI) file the reply by April 9. We will take up the matter (Yadav’s bail plea) on April 10,” the bench said.Prasad is currently lodged in the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi and has challenged the January 10 verdict of the Jharkhand High Court dismissing his bail plea.

Lalu Yadav has been convicted in three cases of over-Rs 900-crore fodder scam and these pertain to fraudulent withdrawal of money from the treasuries in the Animal Husbandry department in the early 1990s. At that time Jharkhand was part of Bihar. The RJD was in power in Bihar when this scam took place and Lalu Prasad Yadav was the chief minister.