Former Chief Minister of Bihar and Former Union Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) was granted bail in the Dumka Treasury Case by the Jharkhand High Court; he had been convicted of withdrawing 3.13 Crore Rupees from the Dumka Treasury.
The case associated with the withdrawal of money from the Dumka Treasury is just one of the four cases related to the fodder scam. This was also the last wherein he was convicted, and now has been granted bail. The other cases were related to Chaibasa and Deoghar treasuries.
From 1991 to 1996, Lalu Prasad had made multiple withdrawals from the Government Treasury of Bihar’s Animal Husbandry Department. Since December 2017, he had been serving his jail term, which was primarily spent at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, for medical treatment.
“The bench of justice Aparesh Kumar Singh granted bail to Prasad on the condition that he would furnish two sureties of ₹1 lakh each and ₹10 lakh fine amount before the court below,” Central Bureau of Investigation’s counsel and assistant solicitor general Rajiv Sinha said.
Lalu had been awarded a jail term of seven years in the Dumka treasury case. He had been awarded 5 years each in both the Chaibasa cases, while he had also been awarded three and a half years in the Deoghar case. The condition for his bail was completing half the prison term awarded to him.
Since January this year, Lalu Yadav has been in AIIMs, Delhi, as his health worsens.
The local party Karyakartas, while extremely happy with the decision, were told by the RJD headquarters to refrain from celebrating in light of the worsening pandemic situation.
While the members of RJD rejoice, cases such as these only make a mockery out of the law. Lalu Yadav spent most of his jail term enjoying the luxury of hospitals, neither did he complete the requirement of serving half his jail term. Yet he has been granted bail.
One can only wonder if the same generosity would have been bestowed upon an ordinary citizen who had committed mass-level corruption in the same manner. In our country, lawmakers are often lawbreakers, yet they are never held accountable for the same. Politicians- no matter the party- have time and again committed crimes of every degree, yet they have walked free and enjoy the luxury of being MPs or MLAs- at the very least, party leaders. This does not leave the common man with much faith in the system; yet, we hope that this trend changes in the coming years.
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