The Patna High Court on Thursday deferred till January 4, hearing on a bail petition of controversial RJD MP Sadhu Yadav in a case of forgery and cheating, an offshoot of the multi-crore flood relief scam.
Justice Mridula Mishra posted the matter for further hearing on January 4 after Yadav's counsel Ganesh Prasad Singh sought time to go through the counter-affidavit filed by the state Vigilance Investigating Bureau.
Yadav's counsel persuaded the court to grant him five minutes to read the vigilance affidavit filed by its lawyer YV Giri of which the judge said no hurry was required.
She posted the matter for January 4, 2007, saying by that time Yadav would have completed one month in custody.
The counsel for Yadav, brother-in-law of RJD president Lalu Prasad, complained to the court that his client was not getting clean water and other facilities for which he was entitled in the jail.
The counsel said while hundreds of special rooms for VIP prisoners were lying vacant in the jail, Yadav, member of the Lok Sabha from Gopalganj, was given a general ward. The MP was also provided unhygienic water besides no medical facilities was given to him resulting in his losing weight, the counsel said.
Justice Mishra said that advocate-general PK Shahi had assured the court that Yadav had been provided with facilities according to the jail manual. On repeated pleas of Yadav's lawyer for more facilities, the judge asked him to meet the AG on the matter.