Jharkhand High Court grants bail for fodder scam convict Jagannath Mishra

Ranchi:  The Jharkhand High Court today granted provisional bail to former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra, convicted in a fodder scam case, even as it gave time to CBI for arguments against a plea for similar relief moved by RJD chief Lalu Prasad serving a five-year sentence in the case.

Besides Mishra, who was sentenced to four years imprisonment, the Bench of Justice R R Prasad also granted bail to former legislator R K Rana, also convicted in the case, on medical grounds.

Mishra was allowed to stay out till January eight for medical treatment and asked to surrender the next day.

Mishra had been taken to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences as he fell ill after being convicted on September 30. A medical board later referred him to the AIIMS.

Rana had been sentenced to five years in prison.

"Defence arguments on Lalu Prasad's bail petition have been concluded. The Bench fixed October 30 for the CBI to argue," Prabhat Kumar, one of the counsels of Prasad said.

The Bench adjourned the case to October 30 after hearing a bunch of petitions filed by fodder convicts, including Prasad.

Lalu, Mishra and 43 others had on September 30 been convicted by the special CBI court of Pravas Kumar Singh in a fodder scam case pertaining to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa Treasury.

Story First Published: October 25, 2013 19:50 IST

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