Fodder scam: SC issues notice to CBI on Lalus bail plea

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Nov 30 2013, 10:05am hrs
The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the bail plea of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who is undergoing a five-year jail term after being convicted in a fodder scam case, and sought response from CBI.

A bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi directed CBI, which is the prosecuting agency in the fodder scam case, to file its response within two weeks and posted the case for hearing to December 13.

Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, appearing for Prasad, submitted that the RJD chief was one among the 44 accused convicted in the case but he is the only person whose bail plea was rejected by the trial court and the high court. He contended that so far 37 convicts have been granted bail in the case and no ones bail plea has been rejected. He also submitted that it will take a long time for the Jharkhand HC to dispose of his appeal against conviction.