Lalu's bail plea hearing in Dumka treasury case deferred to Feb 12

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(Adding further postponement of the next date of hearing) Ranchi, Jan 29 (PTI) The hearing in the bail petition of jailed RJD president Lalu Prasad in Dumka treasury case of the fodder scam was deferred to February 12 by the Jharkhand High Court on Friday.

As soon as the matter came up for hearing, Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh said since the documents submitted on behalf of Prasad did not reach him on time, so the matter will be heard later.

The court had earlier fixed February 5 for the next hearing, but later rescheduled it for February 12.

Prasad's lawyer Devarshi Mandal said that since an another important matter has been fixed for hearing on February 5 after a mention of it in the court, the bench gave February 12 as the new date for taking up RJD leader's bail application.

The court said if the CBI has anything to say on the issue, it can do so during this period.

CBI counsel Rajiv Sinha said he was ready for argument on the matter, but Prasad's lawyer Kapil Sibal said since all the relevant papers are not with the court at the momemt there was no point holding argument, following which the court posted the matter for a future date.

The Dumka treasury embezzlement case is an offshoot of the multi-crore rupees fodder scam.

The former Bihar chief minister has already acquired bail in three cases of over Rs 900 crore fodder scam and was expecting a favourable decision in the Dumka treasury case for release from jail.

Now he has to wait for two more weeks to know verdict of the court on his bail plea.

On January 25, a report was submitted to the High Court on behalf of Prasad giving details that he has already completed more than half of the jail term awarded by a CBI court in the case and made a request for early hearing in the Dumka treasury matter.

The court accepted the plea and fixed January 29 for hearing.

The septuagenarian leader was air-lifted to Delhi AIIMS last week following reports of deterioration in his health.

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