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SC asks CBI why Lalu shouldn’t be given bail

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 29, 2013
First Published: 12:27 IST(29/11/2013) | Last Updated: 00:09 IST(30/11/2013)

The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from CBI within two weeks on the bail plea of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who is undergoing a five-year jail term after being convicted in the fodder scam case, and posted the case for hearing to December 13.

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A bench headed by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam agreed to hear Lalu’s plea after senior advocate Ram Jethmalani submitted on his behalf that while he was one among the 44 accused convicted in the case, only his bail plea was rejected by the trial court and the high court.

“So far 37 convicts have been granted bail in the case and no one’s bail plea has been rejected,” Jethmalani said.

Lalu, who lost his Lok Sabha seat after being convicted in the case, has challenged the October 31 order of the Jharkhand high court dismissing his bail plea.

Lalu along with another former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and some others was convicted by a special CBI court in the fodder scam case involving fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 37.7 crore from Chaibasa Treasury during the Lalu-led RJD regime.

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