Lalu Prasad Yadav moves Jharkhand High Court against conviction, seeks bail

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They had been given the tool as they were not criminals, said the court.

The RJD, however, jumped to its leader's defence, insisting the presence of the two - Lakshman Mahto and Madan Yadav - was "conicidental". He was sentenced to three years and a half of rigorous imprisonment on January 6.

As per reports, the two were sent to Rachi jail after they picked up a fight with a neighbour Sumit Yadav and snatched Rs 10,000 from him on 23 December. They were then sent to jail, said sources. Within minutes of the cops at Lower Bazar police station registering the FIR and sending a copy to the Ranchi civil court, Lakshman and Madan reached the court and surrendered. "Our investigations found that the FIR was lodged on totally baseless grounds, and so there was no need for keeping the two men in jail", said Ranchi DSP (City) Rajkumar Mehta.

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15 others were also convicted by the court in the case relating to multi-million-rupee scam.

This will be the third case in which judgment would be coming in the fodder scam case after Lalu Prasad was sentenced to three and half years jail in Deoghar case recently and 5 years in the Chaibasa case in 2013. However, the latest revelations have drawn criticism from rival JD (U). Lalu said Makar Sankranti was round the corner and requested for bail. He said that they will roam around in the jungles for 2-3 days, after getting released from the jail.

On Thursday, the RJD chief appeared before the special CBI courts in Ranchi through videoconferencing from jail in connection with two cases of the Rs 1,000-0crore fodder scam.

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The JD-U latched on to the news report to attack the RJD leader, with its spokesman Neeraj Kumar issuing a statement in Patna saying, "Lalu is a person with feudal mindset who could make his party workers go to any extent to serve his personal interest".

This is the eighth time Lalu Prasad Yadav has gone to jail, but it is the first time authorities are throwing rulebook on him.

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