In a counter-affidavit filed in the Jharkhand HC, the CBI has opposed the bail of RJD chief and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in the Dumka Treasury case pertaining to excess withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore.
File photo of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav (Photo Credits: PTI)
CBI has opposed the bail plea of incarcerated RJD chief and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in the Dumka Treasury excess withdrawal case. Lalu Prasad Yadav is currently serving the remainder of his sentence at the bungalow of the Director of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi.
India’s premier probe agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said in a counter-affidavit in the Jharkhand High Court that Lalu Prasad Yadav has not served half of the sentence awarded to him in connection with fraudulent withdrawal of 3.13 crores from Dumka Treasury. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief was sentenced to seven years in prison under two different sections.
The CBI, in its submission, quoted Article 427 of the CRPC which states that if someone is convicted under different sections, the sentence has to be served successively not concurrently.
Lalu Prasad Yadav’s counsel had applied for bail in the Dumka Treasury case, citing completion of half of the sentence awarded to the former Bihar chief minister. The matter was heard by the Jharkhand High Court on November 6 and deferred to November 27.
This was done at the request of the CBI which had not filed a counter-affidavit at the time. A bench of the HC had directed the CBI to file an affidavit on or before November 24.
Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted in four out of five cases related to the fodder scam over fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 950 crore. He is already on bail in three out of these five cases while a trial is still underway in the case of excess withdrawal from Doranda Treasury to the tune of Rs 139 crore