The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in the ₹950 crore fodder scam case.
Yadav had approached the apex court seeking bail on grounds of acute health problems and old age. The judgement means the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief cannot be actively involved in the elections, but it could fetch some sympathy votes. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had opposed the bail plea alleging Yadav was seeking bail because he wanted to pursue his political initiatives for the Lok Sabha elections. The CBI substantiated its claims by providing a list of 110 people who had recently visited Yadav in jail, including MPs, MLAs and former CMs, among other politicians.
It was also brought to the notice of the apex court that Yadav, in his bail application before the Jharkhand high court, had said that he wanted to guide his political party in the elections.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing on behalf of Yadav, told the SC that there was no danger of him jumping bail.
In response, the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said: “There was no danger, except that you are a convicted man," before dismissing the petition. Yadav was convicted in four fodder scam cases of which two are still pending before the special court at Ranchi and Patna.