RANCHI: Jharkhand High Court on Friday extended the interim bail, granted to RJD Chief Lalu Prasad on health grounds, till July 3 after his counsel pleaded that he needed some more time to get himself treated properly.
Prasad, convicted and sentenced in four fodder scam cases, is currently on interim bail of six weeks granted by Jharkhand High Court on May 11 through a common order applicable to all cases against him. Before that, Prasad was lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail since December 23 after a Special CBI Court convicted and sentenced him for three-and-half-year jail term in a fodder scam case RC64A/96.
Subsequently, he was sentenced in three other cases related to fodder scam. The provisional bail was granted by the Jharkhand High Court for the purpose of medical treatment on the conditions of restraining himself from any political activity and had also been asked to submit medical reports before the Court.
"The application for extension of interim bail has been granted by the Court of Acting Chief Justice DN Patel till July 3; meanwhile the case will be heard by the regular court on June 29," said Prasad's Counsel Prabhat Kumar.
The application was allowed on the basis of submission made in the Court that the RJD Chief was currently undergoing treatment at Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai and will be surgery for fistula, he added.
Kumar said that the RJD Cheif was admitted in the hospital earlier also for few days, but doctors refused to operate on him citing increased blood sugar level and advised him to come again after 15 days prescribing some medicines to control his sugar level.
"He has been admitted again and will be operated probably on Saturday or Sunday if his blood sugar level was found to be normal," said the advocate. Besides that, he has been detected with some other ailments like stone in kidney and heart valve malfunctioning, he added. The period of interim bail of six weeks granted to RJD Chief was to end on June 26.