Lalu Prasad Yadav moves Jharkhand High Court against conviction, seeks bail

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"I challenge the opposition party to bring on public domain any footage they may have showing Laxman and Madan attending to Lalu inside the Birsa Munda jail".

"We have filed a case in the court of first class judicial magistrate Avanika Gautam seeking criminal proceedings against Sumit Yadav, who is the nephew of Madan Yadav".

As per reports, the two were sent to Rachi jail after they picked up a fight with a neighbour Sumit Yadav and snatched Rs 10,000 from him on 23 December. "Our investigations found that the FIR was lodged on totally baseless grounds, and so there was no need for keeping the two men in jail", said Ranchi DSP (City) Rajkumar Mehta. Later, they surrendered in the local court which sent them to jail couple of hours before Lalu reached there after his conviction.

On the basis of media reports about lobbying in favour of the fodder scam convict, orders have been issued to the Commissioner, Jhansi division, to carry out a probe and submit a report at the earliest, said a tweet issued on the official handle of the CM.

Lalu Prasad Yadav also reasoned bail plea with Makar Sankranti festival that is celebrated at a large scale amongst Bihari community.

In a huge setback to the RJD, its supremo Lalu Prasad was on January 6 sentenced to three-and-a-half-years jail in a fodder scam case. However, the latest revelations have drawn criticism from rival JD (U).

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. "His politics of social justice has been exposed by his acts ranging from getting land gifted for his family by poor people to getting his poor aides jailed to serve him", said JD (U) spokesperson and MLC Neeraj Kumar.

However, the judge had not clarified as to who made these calls to him. The nature of offences for which they were in jail was, however, not clear yet.