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Jharkhand HC dismisses Lalu’s bail plea, asks him to surrender by Aug. 30

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. File  

The Jharkhand High Court on Friday rejected the plea for the extension of the provisional bail to ailing Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and asked him to surrender by August 30.

Prasad’s lawyer pleaded for three months extension of his bail on medical ground but the court turned it down.

Convicted and jailed in fodder scam cases, Prasad is now undergoing treatment at a super-speciality hospital in Mumbai.

A Bench of Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh observed that Mr. Prasad’s health condition was not life-threatening.

“The treatment for post-fistula surgery could be availed at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS),” the Bench said.

Prasad, recently, had an operation for fistula at Mumbai’s Asian Heart Institute and had got an infection.

His advocate Prabhat Kumar informed the court that “doctors have advised him three more surgeries for prostate, removal of stone from kidney and cataract.”

“The court asked Mr. Prasad to get the present treatment at RIMS in Ranchi and he can make a fresh application for provisional bail for the three surgeries, when the time comes”, Mr. Kumar told journalists in Ranchi.

Prasad was lodged at the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi on December 23, 2017 after he was convicted in one of the fodder scam cases. However, after serving two months in jail he had developed health complications and was first admitted to RIMS but, later, referred to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.

He was granted provisional bail for six weeks by the High Court on May 11 and he was admitted to the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai. The court, subsequently, extended twice his bail period, which finally ended on August 20.

Recently, Prasad’s younger son and Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav visited him in hospital in Mumbai and wished for his “speedy recovery.”

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