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Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav moves Jharkhand HC against conviction, seeks bail

Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav moves Jharkhand HC against conviction, seeks bail

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has called for an enquiry over Special Court Judge Shivpal Singh's claim that prior to Lalu Prasad Yadav's sentencing in the fodder scam case, he "got phone calls from RJD chief's men".

"It seems these are the two people who had surrendered in a case which was registered on December 23". The RJD boss was on bail in this case when he was convicted and sentenced in the one related to fraudulent withdrawal of government funds in the Deoghar case.

The RJD, however, jumped to its leader's defence, insisting the presence of the two - Lakshman Mahto and Madan Yadav - was "conicidental". Presently, Lalu is lodged inside the Birsa Munda jail.

He was sentenced to three years and a half of rigorous imprisonment on January 6.

The JD-U latched on to the news report to attack the RJD leader, with its spokesman Neeraj Kumar issuing a statement in Patna saying, "Lalu is a person with feudal mindset who could make his party workers go to any extent to serve his personal interest".




Sources said Mahto and Madan Yadav, both residents of Jharkhand, had moved into a house in Ranchi a few weeks before the December 23 CBI special court verdict against Lalu Yadav.

This is not the first time the two have accompanied the RJD chief to Ranchi jail.

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.

It may be mentioned that Lalu Prasad was convicted and sentenced to three and half years jail term in connection with illegal withdrawal of Rs. 89 lacs from the Deoghar treasury when he was the chief minister between 1994-96. Earlier, on September 30, 2013, Prasad was held guilty in another case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 377 million and handed down a five-year prison term.