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Fodder scam: Supreme Court tags Doranda Treasury case of Jharkhand with the pending matter in plea by CBI challenging grant of bail to Lalu Yadav

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The Supreme Court has  tagged the Doranda Treasury case of Jharkhand wherein the RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav has been sentenced to five years in prison with the pending matter in plea of the CBI challenging grant of bail.

A bench comprising of Justice Ajay Rastogi and Bela M Trivedi said that they are not issuing notice but tagging the matter with the  similar pending appeal also filed by the CBI.

The matter was put before the bench by the Additional Solicitor General S V Raju and advocate Rajat Nair who sought the issuance of notice in the matter but the bench said it will not issue order till it  hears the matter.

The CBI has challenged the Jharkhand High Court’s April 22, 2022 order granting bail to Yadav in the case.

The former CM of Bihar who is Seventy-four-year-old Yadav is out on bail at present due to ill health after his conviction in various fodder scam cases.

The former Bihar chief minister  has been sentenced to five years in prison and imposed fine of Rs 60 lakh by a special CBI court in Ranchi in case pertains to the fifth fodder scam case involving embezzlement of over Rs 139 crore by Doranda Treasury.

Yadav was convicted by the CBI court on February 15 last year.

Yadav has already been convicted in four other fodder scam cases for illegal withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore and Rs 33.13 crore from Chaibasa treasury, Rs 89.27 crore from Deoghar treasury, and Rs 3.76 crore from the Dumka treasury. The Fodder scam had taken place, when Yadav was Chief Minister of Bihar between 1991 and 1996.

He was sentenced to a total of 14 years’ imprisonment for his involvement in the fodder scam cases, and has challenged all convictions.

The former Bihar Chief Minister secured bail in the Chaibasa Treasury case in October 2020, and in the Deoghar Treasury case in February 2020. Most recently, he was granted bail in the Dumka Treasury case.

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