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Lalu released from Ranchi jail; reaches Patna on six-week interim bail

Press Trust of India  |  Ranchi/Patna 

was released from a jail today, after the trial courts granted him permission in accordance with the six-week interim bail granted to him by the in three cases on medical grounds, following which the former flew down to

After completing the formalities at the Birsa Munda Prison, the came out of the jail and headed to the airport straightaway, jail sources as well Prasad's Bhola Yadav, who was accompanying him, said.

The arrived at the airport at 6:40 pm.

No family member was present at the in to receive him. Only a handful of supporters were there to greet the RJD chief, who was seen coming out of the exit gate on a wheelchair, assisted by Bhola Yadav, who is an RJD MLA in Darbhanga district of

From the airport, Prasad left for the 10, Circular Road residence of his wife with a posse of security personnel.

Earlier in the day, the trial courts in granted the release order to Prasad, in accordance with the Jharkhand High Court's verdict, providing him provisional bail in three cases on medical grounds.

The release order was granted in the three cases, in which Prasad has been convicted, his told

While special granted the release order to the in two cases -- RC 64A/96 (Chaibasa treasury) and RC 38A/96 (Dumka) -- S S Prasad granted the release order in case number RC 68A/96 (Chaibasa), Kumar added.

The said said they completed the formalities of signing bonds and submitting sureties of Rs 50,000 each in the three cases to get the release order.

He added that the period of bail would be effective from the day Prasad was released from the jail.

A special had convicted Prasad on January 24 in the RC-68A/96 case, related to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.62 crore from the Chaibasa treasury, and sentenced him to five years of imprisonment.

The RJD chief was convicted in the RC64A/96 case, in connection with the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury in the 1990s, and sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail on December 23 last year.

The CBI court had held Prasad guilty in the RC 38A/96 case, pertaining to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury in the early 1990s, and sentenced him to 14 years of imprisonment.

The authorities at the had separately granted the RJD chief a three-day parole on May 10 to attend his elder son Tej Pratap Yadav's wedding in Patna on May 12. The time taken to travel was not included in the duration of the parole and Prasad had returned to the prison on May 14, a day after his parole expired.

The 69-year-old former is suffering from diabetes, blood pressure, kidney problems and other ailments.

said Prasad would go to Delhi, and other places for specialised treatment during the bail period.

The RJD supremo has been in jail since December 23 last year, after being sentenced in the Deoghar treasury case.

The over Rs 900-crore cases are related to the illegal withdrawal of money from government treasury by the animal husbandry department in undivided Bihar in the 1990s when Prasad was the

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 21:35 IST