IRCTC scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav granted impermanent bail by the high court.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav was on Thursday granted impermanent bail by the Patiala House Court in Delhi in connection with the India Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam case. The cases relate to alleged irregularities in granting operational contract of two IRCTC (Railways) hotels to a private firm. The charges in the case include criminal conspiracy, cheating, and corruption.
Special Judge Arun Bharadwaj granted relief to Prasad after he was produced before the court through video conference from a Ranchi jail, where he is lodged in another case, as he was unable to come due to health reasons. The court directed both the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file their replies to Prasad’s application seeking regular bail in both the cases.
The court had earlier granted regular bail to Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav in the CBI case, while they are on interim bail in the ED matter, which was extended till January 19, the next date of hearing.
In his plea, Prasad said he was 71-year-old and is suffering from diabetes, blood pressure and other ailments. He said that he had got bail in one of the four fodder scam cases; therefore bail should be granted to him in the other cases as well.