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SC agrees to hear Lalu Prasad's bail plea, seeks CBI's reply

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The agreed on Friday to hear Lalu Prasad's plea in three cases related to the multi-crore-rupee fodder scam, in which he has been convicted.

Prasad told the top court that he had been in jail for 22 months following his conviction in the three cases.

A bench of and justices and issued notice to the (CBI) and sought its response within two weeks.

Appearing for the (RJD) supremo, told the bench that Prasad was sentenced to three-and-a-half years, 14 years and five years in prison in the three cases respectively.

"I was convicted in the three cases based on the same evidence and under the same offences. I have already served 22 months in jail.

"How can I be convicted three times for the same offence, based on the same evidence?," Sibal asked the court.

The bench asked Sibal about the offences for which Prasad was convicted.

"I have been convicted under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) of the IPC and section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act," the said.

The bench then asked the CBI to file its reply on Prasad's plea.

The RJD chief, currently lodged in the in Ranchi, has challenged the January 10 verdict of the High Court dismissing his plea.

The three cases in which Prasad has been convicted are related to the over-Rs 900-crore fodder scam, which pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of money from the treasuries in the Animal Husbandry department in the early 1990s, when was part of

The RJD was in power in with Prasad as the when the scam had allegedly taken place.

In the high court, the RJD supremo had cited old age and poor health for grant of bail.

Prasad (71) had said he was suffering from diabetes, blood pressure and other ailments and that he had already obtained bail in one of the cases.

He has been convicted for fraudulent withdrawal of money from the Deoghar, Dumka and two Chaibasa treasuries situated in

He is currently facing trial in another case pertaining to the Doranda treasury.

The has been undergoing treatment at the (RIMS) at Ranchi for the last few months.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 18:10 IST
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