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After a Jharkhand court on Friday deferred the bail plea of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, his lawyer said he is confident that the next hearing on 19 February will result in Prasad's release.

The lawyer also said that the CBI delayed filing the order sheet in the case despite being given two weeks to do so.

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"Despite two week's time, CBI sought more to file order sheet. The court has granted a week. Order on bail deferred due to CBI's delay. We are confident that hearing on 19 February will be in Lalu Prasad's favour, followed by his release in two to four days," the lawyer was quoted as saying by ANI.

Yadav, who had been in prison since December 2017, was sentenced to seven years imprisonment in 2018 under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and seven years under the Prevention of Corruption Act in connection with the fodder scam case.

The case pertains to the fraudulent withdrawal of 3.5 crores from the Dumka treasury by Animal Husbandry Department officials between 1991 and 1996 when Yadav served as the state's Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Yadav's elder son and party MLA Tej Pratap Yadav on Thursday sent 50,000 postcard letters to President Ram Nath Kovind requesting him to release the former Bihar Chief Minister from jail on humanitarian grounds.

Lalu Prasad Yadav was shifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi from the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi on the advice of the State Medical Board.

Dr Umesh Prasad, Lalu's physician had said last month that Yadav's kidney was functioning at 25% capacity and his situation could take a turn for the worse.

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