Jharkhand High Court on Saturday granted bail to jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Yadav in a case related to fodder scam.
The court turned down the bail application filed by the RJD chief and asked him to file a fresh application after two months
The case pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of over Rs 3.13 crore from Dumka treasury when Prasad was the chief minister of undivided Bihar.
The jail IG said he ordered an inquiry after himself hearing the purported audio clip of the conversation between Prasad and the legislator.
Lalu Prasad's lawyers claimed that he has completed half of his sentence in judicial custody in the case.
The RJD supremo is in Ranchi, where he has been sentenced by a special CBI court in a number of fodder scam cases.
Lalu Prasad Yadav was recently granted bail by the Jharkhand High Court in the case related to Chaibasa treasury.
The court granted Lalu Yadav bail and directed him to submit two personal bonds of Rs 50,000 each and deposit penalty of Rs 2 lakh for securing bail.
Lalu Prasad Yadav will remain in jail since the Dumka treasury case is still pending.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is in jail since December 2017, has been undergoing treatment for various ailments for the past many months
When the petition came up for hearing, Justice K P Dev said that since he had been a counsel for the CBI earlier, he wished to stay away from hearing the matter.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Rajan Gogoi said it is not inclined to enlarge Yadav on bail in the cases.
The CBI on Tuesday opposed in the Supreme Court the bail plea of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is serving jail term in connection with fodder scam cases, saying he is likely to indulge in political activities ahead of Lok Sabha polls.
The bench asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to respond in two weeks on Yadav's plea challenging the January 10 verdict of the Jharkhand High Court.
The fodder scam is related to fraudulent withdrawal of government funds from the treasuries of various districts of undivided Bihar in the 1990s when RJD was in power and Yadav the chief minister.
RJD lawmaker and national general secretary Bhola Yadav told PTI on Monday that an application has been submitted to the director of the RIMS hospital
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