Lalu Prasad Yadav gets bail

Jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and ex-union minister Lalu Prasad Yadav was granted bail in a case linked to the Bihar fodder scam by the Jharkhand High Court on Saturday.

Lalu Prasad Yadav is currently in Delhi’s AIIMS for treatment. He was brought to Delhi in January after his health worsened. With the new bail, he can return home after being released from the hospital.

The 72-year-old has already got bail in three out of the four cases linked to the cattle fodder fund case.

The former Bihar chief minister was convicted of withdrawing ₹ 3.13 crore from the treasury in the city in Jharkhand, formerly in Bihar.

The court asked Yadav to neither leave the country without permission nor change his address and mobile number during the bail period.

The “Dumka Treasury Case” involves the funds taken from the Dumka treasury by Bihar’s Animal Husbandry Department officials between 1991 and 1996 when Lalu Prasad Yadav was Chief Minister.

Last October, Mr Yadav had been granted bail in connection with the Chaibasa treasury case, also related to the fodder scam.

In jail since December 2017, Yadav served most of his jail sentence at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Jharkhand.