After remaining in judicial custody at the high-security Beur jail for a month, RJD MP Anirudh Prasad alias Sadhu Yadav, was granted regular bail on Thursday by the Patna High Court in a forgery case, an offshoot of the multi-crore flood-relief scam.
Justice Mridula Mishra granted bail to Yadav after hearing his counsel Ganesh Prasad Singh and standing counsel for Bihar Vigilance Bureau YV Giri.
Yadav's counsel pleaded that since his client had already spent one month in judicial custody and the charges against him were "not serious in nature," he deserved bail.
The RJD leader and brother-in-law of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav had, on December 4, surrendered before the designated Vigilance judge Munilal Paswan following the directive of the Supreme Court.
The Vigilance Bureau was allowed by Paswan to proceed with attachment of Sadhu Yadav's property following his failure to comply with an earlier order of the court which had issued a non-bailable warrant of arrest against him.
The Vigilance Bureau had registered a case on September 5 under various sections of Indian Penal Code relating to forgery and cheating against Yadav charging that the parliamentarian had falsified the documents to prove that Rs 6 lakh deposited in his Patna Secretariat branch bank account had come from the sale of a vehicle, which in fact, was not his.