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CBI Contests Lalu Yadav’s Bail in Fodder Scam Cases: Supreme Court to Deliberate

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CBI Contests Lalu Yadav’s Bail in Fodder Scam Cases: Supreme Court to Deliberate

In an unprecedented legal turn, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has contested the bail granted to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief, Lalu Yadav, in relation to cases stemming from the alleged fodder scam. 

Fresh Troubles for Lalu Yadav

In a move that brings fresh trouble for Lalu Yadav, the CBI in India has approached the Supreme Court, challenging the bail granted to the RJD chief. What could possibly justify the revival of the case? The court has scheduled the petition hearing for August 25.

Lalu Yadav was granted bail by the Jharkhand High Court in at least four cases, all of which have been challenged by the CBI.

Yadav was previously convicted in these cases, and his appeals are still under consideration across various courts.

At the core of the controversy is the 950-crore fodder scam. A whirlwind of corruption, the scam involved siphoning off funds meant for animal fodder from numerous government treasuries across undivided Bihar. 

Allegedly, fake bills were issued by the Animal Husbandry Department to facilitate this fraud. 

Chaibasa Deputy Commissioner Amit Khare unearthed the embezzlement in 1996, during Yadav’s tenure as the chief minister.

The Bigger Picture

Last month, the CBI filed a charge sheet against the RJD chief, his wife Rabri Devi, and their son and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav in an alleged land-for-jobs scam.

Allegedly, when Lalu Yadav was the railway minister from 2004 to 2009, people were offered employment in Indian Railways in return for land parcels sold or gifted at substantially low rates to the Yadav family.

Both Lalu and Tejashwi Yadav have led the unity efforts from the front for the opposition and took an active role in organizing the first grand meeting of 16 opposition parties held in Patna on June 23. 

The parties joined 10 others in Bengaluru for a second meeting on July 17-18, where the coalition named itself the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA).

The court’s deliberation on the CBI’s contestation of Lalu Yadav’s bail promises to be a landmark event in the Indian judicial and political landscape. Hoping for a fair trial, one can only watch as the gavel descends.

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