Ranchi: In yet another jolt to former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, the Jharkhand High Court today rejected his bail petition in a fodder scam case pertaining to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury.
Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh rejected the bail petition of Lalu Prasad, saying he was the chief minister and finance minister during the scam period.
The Public Accounts Committee kept the file for years, but no action was taken.
Dismissing Lalu Prasad’s defence, the judge said all the scam cases seemed to be done in his knowledge.
Hence, the court is not inclined to release him on bail, the bench observed.
A special CBI court had convicted Lalu Prasad in the instant fodder case on December 23 last year and was sentenced to three years and six months in prison.
Lalu Prasad, who is the RJD president, is languishing in the Ranchi Birsa Munda jail since December 23 last.
So far he has been convicted in three cases.
Besides, the instant case he has been convicted in two other cases both related to the Chaibasa treasury.
On September 30, 2013, he was convicted in RC 20 A/96 pertaining to fraudulent withdrawl of Rs 37.7 crore from the Chaibasa treasury and convicted to five years of prison term.