Lalu reaches Patna after court rejects bail plea

RJD leader flies out from Mumbai where he had been receiving medical treatment for various ailments

Patna: Ailing Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav reached Patna on Saturday a day after the Jharkhand High Court rejected his plea for another extension of provisional bail on health grounds and instead asked him to surrender by August 30.

Lalu who suffers from multiple health issues had been undergoing treatment at the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai. He has been diagnosed with at least 15 different ailments including Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, peri-anal abscess, cardiac problems and acute kidney injury.

Today, however, he got abruptly discharged from the hospital and took a flight to Patna. It’s, however, not clear when he will surrender in the court.

Coming out of the airport on a wheelchair before getting into a waiting car, the RJD leader said he is still not fully cured but refused to entertain any queries either over politics or the mass rape of girls in Bihar care homes.

“I have been told [by the court] not to speak,” he told the media on being repeatedly asked to comment on various issues of social and political interest. He soon left for his home in the waiting car.

On Friday, the Patna High Court had rejected Lalu’s appeal to extend his provisional bail for another three months, observing that his health condition is not life-threatening. “The treatment for post-fistula surgery can be availed here [in Ranchi] at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences,” justice Aparesh Kumar Singh had held.

Lalu who had been serving jail sentences in two fodder scam cases in Ranchi jail was granted

five-day parole to attend the wedding of his eldest son Tej Pratap Yadav on May 9 this year. Even as he was busy in solemnising the wedding of son, the court granted him provisional bail for six weeks on medical grounds.

In another setback to Lalu, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a charges sheet against him in the land-for-railway hotel scam. His wife Rabri Devi and his son Tejashwi Yadav, former Bihar chief minister, have also been named in the prosecution complaint.


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