The hearing in former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav’s plea for early release in the Dumka treasury case was on Friday postponed by six weeks. It was postponed because half the sentence of Lalu Prasad Yadav had not ended, and this is a necessary condition for early release. There are 40 days left for the completion of Lalu’s half-sentence.
Earlier, this hearing had been postponed because the CBI had not filed its view in the Jharkhand High Court. Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is serving four years imprisonment in the case of corruption, has got bail in other cases. This is the last case against Lalu Prasad Yadav, and he is expected to be released on bail when this comes through.
In the hearing held last month, his lawyer Kapil Sibal accused the CBI of ‘willfully delaying the bail application’.
The Dumka Treasury Case relates to the withdrawal of Rs 3.5 crore by officers of the Animal Husbandry Department of Bihar between 1991 and 1996 when Lalu was the Chief Minister of Bihar.
Lalu Prasad Yadav got bail in the Chaibasa treasury case related to the fodder scam in October itself. But due to non-completion of the hearing of the Dumka Treasury Case, he’s had to remain in jail.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal founder has been in jail since his conviction in December 2017. He has spent most of his sentence in the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital in Jharkhand.