Lalu Prasad Granted Bail in Fodder Scam Case
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad is likely to be released from prison after that the bail be granted by the Jharkhand High Court in a case involving the forage scam. The case concerns the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.5 million from Dumka’s treasury by officials of the Animal Husbandry Department between 1991 and 1996, when Lalu was the Prime Minister of Bihar.
Lalu, 73, who was convicted in four cases related to the forage scam, has already been released on bail in the other three cases.
Lalu Gets Bail In Case Of Forage Scam: A Timeline Of Events
January 1996: The scam comes to light after a raid by Chaibasa Deputy Commissioner Amit Khare in the Department of Livestock.
March 1996: CBI agreed to the Patna High Court after increasing pressure to investigate the case. The CBI registers an FIR in the case at the time when both Bihar and Jharkhand were a unified state.
June 1997: Lalu Prasad named a defendant in the case for the first time on the charge sheet filed by the IWC.
July 1997: Following the charge sheet and mounting pressure from the opposition, Lalu resigns as prime minister and anoints his wife Rabri Devi to the highest office.
July 1997: Following his resignation, Lalu surrenders to the IWC court and is sent to judicial custody.
April 2000: The duo surrendered to an IWC court in 2000. Rabri can get bail while Lalu remains in jail. A month later, Patna Hight Court grants him a bond that is extended several times.
October 2001: Following the bifurcation of Bihar and the formation of a new state, Jharkhand, the case is transferred to the Jharkhand High Court.
February 2002: CBI special court begins trial in forage scam case.
December 2006: Lalu and Rabri are acquitted by a lower court in a case involving disproportionate assets.
March 2012: CBI strengthens its control over the forage scam and frames charges against Lalu Yadav and former CM Jagannath Mishra.
September 2013: The trial court convicted Lalu, Jagannath Mishra and 45 others in one of the six cases related to forage scam. Lalu was sent to Ranchi Prison and his Lok Sabha membership was disqualified, he was forbidden to participate in any election.
December 2013: Lalu granted bail from the Supreme Court in the forage scam case.
May 2017: The trial resumes in the forage scam case following Supreme Court orders to try them separately in the Deoghar Treasury case.
December 23, 2017: Verdict. The CBI court finds Lalu and 15 others guilty, sent to Birsa Munda prison. Lalu now is condemned in two out of six cases in the forage scam.
January 6, 2018: Lalu Yadav sentenced to 3.5 years in prison by a special court in Ranchi.
March 16, 2018: CBI special court postpones trial in fourth multi-million dollar forage scam case against Lalu.
March 19, 2018: A Ranchi court convicts Lalu in the fourth case involving the forage scam. However, his predecessor Jagannath Mishra is acquitted.
March 24, 2018: A Ranchi court sentenced Lalu to 14 years in prison in the fourth case involving the forage scam. He is also fined 60 lakh rupees.
April 2019: The Supreme Court dismisses the request for bail from the head of RJD. CBI had objected to the bail declaration, claiming that Lalu could participate in political activities during the Lok Sabha elections if he is granted bail.
July 2019: Jharkhand High Court grants Lalu bail in the forage scam case involving the Deoghar treasury.
October 2020: Jharkhand High Court grants Lalu bail in the forage scam case involving the Chaibasa treasury.
December 2020: Supreme court Lalu’s bail statement deferred listening six weeks after a request from your attorney. Devarshi Mandal, Prasad’s attorney, says he needs six weeks to respond to a supplemental affidavit filed by CBI.
January 2021: Lalu entered AIIMS after her health deteriorated.
February 2021: The High Court rejects Lalu’s release on bail in the Dumka treasury case. HC says the RJD supremo has to serve two more months in jail to complete half the term of his total sentence and can reapply for bail after that.
April 2021: Lalu granted bail in the Dumka treasury case.