Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) leader and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has sought bail in a fodder scam case claiming to have served half of his sentence.(PTI Photo)
Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) leader and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has sought bail in a fodder scam case claiming to have served half of his sentence.(PTI Photo)

34 months or 42? Conflicting claims on Lalu’s jail stay adds twist to bail plea

Lalu Prasad moved bail application in the third and the last case on the ground that he had completed half (42 months & 28 days) of the seven years sentence awarded to him in the case.
By Bedanti Saran | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 02:32 PM IST

The Jharkhand high court on Friday deferred hearing on RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s bail plea in connection with one of the fodder scam cases to December 11.

The former Bihar chief minister has been languishing in jail since December 23, 2017, after his conviction in three fodder scam cases in quick succession.

Prasad has already secured bail in two cases. He moved bail application in the third and the last case on the ground that he had completed half (42 months & 28 days) of the seven years sentence awarded to him in the case.

But, the CBI, in its reply, said that Prasad in this case had only completed 34 months and some days in custody, which is still about eight months short of the half-sentence mark.

In order to clear the ambiguity, Prasad’s senior lawyer Kapil Sibal sought two weeks’ time to furnish a detailed computation of the period served by his client in custody.

The bench of justice Aparesh Kumar Singh then posted the matter for further hearing on December 11.

The case relates to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.76 crore from Dumka treasury during December 1995 to January 1996.

A special CBI court, in 2018, had sentenced Prasad to 14 years of imprisonment--seven under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections and another seven under Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act-- in the said case.

It had expressly said that both sentences would run consecutively.

However, Prasad’s lawyers hope that the high court will strike down this decision, and let the two sentences run concurrently. If that happens, Prasad has to undergo seven-year imprisonment in this case.

Also Read: Storm over bribe phone calls ends Lalu Prasad’s VIP bungalow stay

The RJD leader, who has been undergoing treatment in custody at Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) for over two years, pleaded that he had completed half of the seven year sentence awarded to him in this case.

He argued that in earlier two cases he was granted bail on completing half of the sentences.

Prasad’s Ranchi-based lawyer Prabhat Kumar said, “According to our calculation, Prasad has completed 42 months and 28 days in prison. This is more than half of the seven-year sentence.”

Prasad had suffered a major jolt in the fodder scam case on September 30, 2013, when a trial court in Ranchi held him guilty in the first of six cases against him. The conviction got him five years in prison, disqualification from the Parliament and a ban on contesting elections. He was given bail by the Supreme Court in December that year.

His troubles renewed in 2017-18 when he was convicted and sentenced to different terms of imprisonment in three separate fodder scam cases in quick succession. He is still facing trial in two cases.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
India’s grants are part of plans to provide up to 10 million doses of both Covidshield and Covaxin, the vaccine made by Bharat Biotech, to friendly countries.(PTI)
India’s grants are part of plans to provide up to 10 million doses of both Covidshield and Covaxin, the vaccine made by Bharat Biotech, to friendly countries.(PTI)

India begins vaccine export from today

By Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 12:46 AM IST
The external affairs ministry said supplies under grant assistance to Bhutan, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles will begin from Wednesday in line with India’s commitment to use its vaccine production and delivery capacity to help the world fight Covid-19.
Close
Police said six men have been arrested for the murder.(Representational Photo/Getty Images)
Police said six men have been arrested for the murder.(Representational Photo/Getty Images)

TMC worker shot dead in north Bengal, another leader dies of heart attack

PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 12:06 AM IST
  • The family of the man who was shot dead alleged that he was a victim of infighting in the local unit of the Trinamool Congress.
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Covaxin recipients under stricter watch, says Centre

PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 12:03 AM IST
New Delhi The central government on Monday spelt out a detailed policy of monitoring Covid-19 vaccine recipients for adverse responses and assured people that the immunisation programme, which has been dogged by fears of side-effects and hesitancy, is safe
Close
**EDS: FILE PHOTO** New Delhi: In this undated Aug. 31, 2005 file photo, renowned oncologist and chairperson of the Adyar Cancer Institute Dr V Shanta. Shanta passed away at the age of 93 on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_19_2021_000038B)(PTI)
**EDS: FILE PHOTO** New Delhi: In this undated Aug. 31, 2005 file photo, renowned oncologist and chairperson of the Adyar Cancer Institute Dr V Shanta. Shanta passed away at the age of 93 on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_19_2021_000038B)(PTI)

‘To her, patients always came first’: Cancer care pioneer dies at 93

By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 12:02 AM IST
V Shanta was on the WHO Advisory Committee on Cancer till March 2005. She was a recipient of several national and international awards including the Ramon Magsasay award for public service, Padma Shri (1986), Padma Bhushan (2006) and Padma Vibhushan (2016).
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Tests for MPs; Zero, Question hours back in Budget session

PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 12:01 AM IST
New Delhi: A full, hour-long Question Hour, a separate slot for Zero Hour— both key for MPs seeking answers from the government—will return in the upcoming budget session of Parliament, which is expected to see the opposition attacking the ruling dispensation over the controversial farm laws and the WhatsApp chats of journalist Arnab Goswami
Close
With 4,936 beneficiaries receiving the shot, Delhi saw the highest turnout in terms of absolute numbers on Tuesday.(HT FILE)
With 4,936 beneficiaries receiving the shot, Delhi saw the highest turnout in terms of absolute numbers on Tuesday.(HT FILE)

Senior docs told to get vaccinated to instil confidence

By Abhishek Dey, Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 12:35 AM IST
Hospitals that have consistently seen low turnout, like Guru Teg Bahadur hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality hospital , asked its senior faculty members to come forward and take the shot.
Close
“In addition to the list of beneficiaries sent to us by the Co-WIN platform, we were allowed to vaccinate people who are already registered but were not on the list." said Dr DS Rana(HT_PRINT)
“In addition to the list of beneficiaries sent to us by the Co-WIN platform, we were allowed to vaccinate people who are already registered but were not on the list." said Dr DS Rana(HT_PRINT)

Govt tweaks app to allow walk-ins, experts want wider access to shots

By Rhythma Kaul, Abhishek Dey, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:37 PM IST
A Union health ministry official confirmed the tweak in the app on Tuesday to allow health care workers not scheduled for jabs on a particular day to get the shots.
Close
The data showed that from January 1 to December 31, 2020, 148 murder cases were registered, whereas the number in 2019 was 165. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The data showed that from January 1 to December 31, 2020, 148 murder cases were registered, whereas the number in 2019 was 165. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Retired police officer arrested for vandalising RSS office in Indore

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:36 PM IST
  • Shrikant Sharma, a retired deputy commandant of Special Armed Force of the Madhya Pradesh police, had earlier objected to the setting up of an office of the RSS for the Ram Temple fund collection drive in his neighborhood.
Close
Tuesday’s 54% vaccination rate was only marginally better than the 50% seen till Monday.(Satish Bate/Hindustan Times)
Tuesday’s 54% vaccination rate was only marginally better than the 50% seen till Monday.(Satish Bate/Hindustan Times)

Vaccination lagging, govt appeals against hesitancy

By Rhythma Kaul, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:18 PM IST
The remarks were made at the government’s weekly briefing on Covid-19, which was opened by Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan, who said three regions – Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Punjab – vaccinated fewer than 40% of their targets.
Close
There are 100,744 prisoners lodged in 72 jails in Uttar Pradesh, including 72,372 undertrial prisoners and 28,372 convicted inmates, as per the February 2020 data of UP Prison Administration and Reform Services.(Representative image/Shutterstock)
There are 100,744 prisoners lodged in 72 jails in Uttar Pradesh, including 72,372 undertrial prisoners and 28,372 convicted inmates, as per the February 2020 data of UP Prison Administration and Reform Services.(Representative image/Shutterstock)

No kidnapping, no conversion, went on my own to Karnataka, says Gorakhpur woman

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:13 PM IST
  • The woman's father had earlier lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against the youth from Karnataka for allegedly kidnapping his daughter and forcing her to change religion.
Close
Jharkhand high court in Ranchi.(HT File Photo)
Jharkhand high court in Ranchi.(HT File Photo)

HC vacates stay as Jharkhand Speaker ends Babulal Marandi’s anti-defection trial

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:15 PM IST
  • The Speaker had initiated proceedings under anti-defection laws to decide if the merger of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) led by Babulal Marandi into the BJP in February, 2020, was valid.
Close
A doctor poses after receiving a dose of the Bharat Biotech's coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine at a government-run hospital in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Reuters)
A doctor poses after receiving a dose of the Bharat Biotech's coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine at a government-run hospital in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Reuters)

9 states, UTs among better performing areas during Covid-19 vaccination drive

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:47 PM IST
The government said 631,417 people have been vaccinated by the end of the fourth day of its mammoth inoculation drive, with only nine taken to hospitals after complaining of side effects.
Close
AAP leader Raghav Chadha addresses media during a press conference. (PTI)
AAP leader Raghav Chadha addresses media during a press conference. (PTI)

AAP leader Raghav Chadha underlines need for monitoring water leakages

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:09 PM IST
The DJB has initiated projects for the installation of flow meters and the setting up of a SCADA Centre, a high-tech monitoring system which allows the utility to detect where and how much water is being leaked or tapped.
Close
VK Sasikala is serving a four-year jail term in a disproportionate assets case.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
VK Sasikala is serving a four-year jail term in a disproportionate assets case.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

Sasikala to be released from jail on Jan 27, Palaniswami rules out her return

By Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena, Chennai
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:20 PM IST
  • “There is no chance of her joining. She is not in the AIADMK party,” Palaniswami told reporters.
Close
The Congress party was forced to fall back on the 77-year-old Oommen Chandy after the high command felt that his “inactive role” and “indecisive attitude” of the present leadership had affected the party’s prospects in the recent local body elections in Kerala. (HT FILE PHOTO)(HT File Photo)
The Congress party was forced to fall back on the 77-year-old Oommen Chandy after the high command felt that his “inactive role” and “indecisive attitude” of the present leadership had affected the party’s prospects in the recent local body elections in Kerala. (HT FILE PHOTO)(HT File Photo)

Congress falls back on Oommen Chandy to retrieve party prospects in Kerala

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 09:24 PM IST
  • The party leadership had reportedly told three senior leaders (Chandy, Chennithala and Ramachandran) who were summoned to Delhi two days ago that winning the election was top priority and to give more importance to the party than factions.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP