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Bail plea of Lalu Yadav in fodder scam cases rejected

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed Lalu Prasad Yadav’s plea seeking bail in multi-crore fodder scam cases, dashing hopes of the RJD supremo for electioneering during the Lok Sabha polls.

The top court said Yadav was a convicted man and the period spent by him in the jail is nothing in comparison to the 14-year sentence awarded to him.

A bench of Chief Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna while dismissing Yadav’s appeal said, “We don’t think we can release you on bail”.

Why Sibal’s arguments for bail did not impress

At the outset, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Yadav, said he has been convicted in four cases and has served jail terms of 24 months, 22 months, 20 months and 14 months respectively.

“In one of the cases, several persons who were holding influential positions were acquitted but I was convicted and sentenced for 14 years,” he said.

To this, the bench said in total Yadav has served 24 months in four cases and he cannot split the sentence awarded to him.

Sibal said there was no recovery of any kind from him in the case, no demands were made and the only major offence under which he was convicted was a conspiracy.

The bench said the high court will look into the merits of the case and at present, it is only hearing the bail appeal.

Sibal said: “If I am released on bail, I would not run away. My appeal is not being heard in the high court. Currently, the High court is hearing appeals of 2004 onwards.”

The apex court bench said that now there are courts meant for expeditious trial of criminal cases against politicians and it can request the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court to transfer the cases for trial to the special court.

“Let the high court decide the merit of the case in appeals against your conviction and sentence,” it said.

Sibal contended, “What is the danger if I am released on bail? I have served 24 months in jail”.

The bench then said: “Going by your statement, the 24 months in jail is nothing in comparison to 14 years jail term,” and added, “there is no danger except that you are convicted”.

Terming the mood of the court to be unfortunate, Sibal again asked the reason as to why he was not being granted the relief.

The bench replied, “Why? Because you are a convicted man. Sorry, we don’t think we will release you on bail. The Special Leave Petition (appeal) stands dismissed”.

Lalu not so miserable after all

The CBI had yesterday vehemently opposed in the apex court the bail plea of Yadav, saying the ailing leader suddenly claimed to be “fully fit” to undertake political activities in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Yadav, who has been in the hospital instead of jail for over eight months, had sought bail on medical grounds and for campaigning for his party simultaneously, the CBI had said while arguing that granting of bail to him would set “very wrong precedent” in cases involving “serious corruption in high offices”.

Accusing Yadav of undertaking political activities from a hospital in Ranchi, the probe agency had said: “Simultaneous raising of pleas for bail on medical grounds and bail to guide the party and to carry out all essential responsibilities as a party president in ensuing Lok Sabha election are mutually contradictory and manifests that in the garb of bail on medical ground the petitioner, in essence, wants to pursue his political activities which is impermissible in law.”

The agency, in its response filed to Yadav’s bail plea, had referred to the high-profile political leaders who have visited him in the hospital in last few months including Ahmed Patel, D Raja, Derek O’ Brien, Sharad Yadav and Hemant Soren.

The convicted person occupied the constitutional office of the chief minister of one of the largest States in the country and has been held guilty of “misappropriation of Rs 75.48 crores in four fodder scam cases” and is still undergoing trial in two cases for misappropriation of Rs 139.45 crore, it had said, adding Yadav may influence the trial in the two pending cases.

The RJD chief, lodged in the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi, had challenged the 10 January verdict of the Jharkhand High Court dismissing his bail plea.

Fodder scam cases so far

The four cases in which Yadav has been convicted are related to the over-Rs 900-crore fodder scam, which pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of money from the treasuries in the Animal Husbandry department in the early 1990s when Jharkhand was part of Bihar.

The RJD was in power in Bihar with Yadav as the chief minister when the scam had allegedly taken place.

In the high court, the RJD supremo cited old age and poor health for grant of bail. Yadav (71) said he was suffering from diabetes, blood pressure and other ailments and that he had already obtained bail in one of the fodder scam cases.

He has been convicted for fraudulent withdrawal of money from the Deoghar, Dumka and two Chaibasa treasuries situated in Jharkhand.

He is currently facing trial in two another fodder scam case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of funds to the tune of over Rs 130 crore from the Doranda treasury and has been undergoing treatment at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) at Ranchi for the last few months.

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Tej Pratap indicates who all are behind Yadav family feud

Patna: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son and former Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav is feeling the pain of being cut off from the family after resigning from the student wing of the party recently. He believes some people are playing a role in separating him from the family. They are relatives and they dominate the family, he says.

But Tej Pratap has now made up his mind to fight for his survival. In a conversation with Lokmat News, he said he considered Tejashwi Yadav “Arjun” and he would always stand by his younger brother as “Krishna” did in the Mahabharata. But Tejashwi is “being misled”.

When asked if he had been completely isolated from his family, Tej Pratap said his mother would always be a mother and that she could never be far from him. He said Tejashwi was like “Arjun” and he would protect his younger brother I like “Krishna”.

Tej Pratap almost reveals the names

The problem, Tej Pratap said, is that some mischievous elements have entered his family that want to break the house. “But I will not let them succeed,” he said.

Tej said that the “destruction of all who come between me and my family is certain”. He said Tejashwi was being misled. “They all know who is taking such decisions these days,” he added.

On being asked who was causing a rift in the family, Tej Pratap said, “They all know and I have also told them who the people are (implicating Sanjay, Mani and Vipin). Tej wants Tejashwi’s aides Om Prakash, Mani Bhushan and Mani Yadav to be kept out of the RJD campaign. Om Prakash and Mani Bhushan are cousins of the feding siblings while Mani Yadav is the secretary of Tejashwi. Vipin is the secretary of Tej Pratap’s father-in-law Chandrika Rai.

There is a state of turmoil in the house, Tej said. “I have told this on many occasions at home but do not know why people are not able to understand it. But I am confident that soon the game will unravel and they will be out of the house.”

Tej was asked whether he had had a conversation with father Lalu Prasad. He said, “I go to meet him and always get his blessings. He is always with me and will stay so forever.”

“People spread various rumours. It makes no difference to him. He is now leaving Misa Bharti’s campaign and his foremost mission is to secure a win for her in the election,” Tej said about his father.

Tej is upset with the distribution of tickets by the RJD leadership as those who are connected to the party belong to the struggling class. They are dedicated to the party, he said, adding that they should have been given the tickets.

Rather, Tej said, the party has given tickets to lightweight leaders. “I asked for a ticket for Chandra Prakash from Jahanabad and for Angesh from Shivar. They are completely devoted to the party. But they were not given tickets,” Tej Pratap cribbed. “The party side-lined them,” he said.

Tej Pratap said Tejashwi must consider the Sheohar candidate once. He claimed that Syed Faisal Ali was a BJP mole and the people of the area are protesting as a result.

Tej Pratap said that if his younger brother did not accept his demand, his candidates from Jehanabad and Sheohar would be fielded independently. “We had demanded two seats from the party, but Tejashwi did not consider it,” he said.

Repeated allusions to his godhood

Tej Pratap is all set to campaign against the RJD’s official candidates to win the constituencies above. He said Tejashwi was surrounded by wrong people. “I am not against mother (Rabri Devi) or my younger brother. My Sudarshan Chakra will kill the enemies one day.”

The elder son of Lalu Prasad was asked whether he would contest against his father-in-law. He said the RJD candidate from Saran would not campaign for Rai, but Tej Pratap would adopt a strategy that he wouldn’t reveal at the moment.

Tej Pratap is angry because it is his “family’s seat”. Lalu Prasad won this seat; then mother Rabri Devi contested from there. He said while his father was debarred from contesting elections, the traditional RJD stronghold should not have been squandered away.

Tej Pratap Yadav on Tuesday announced the election campaign by blowing a conch shell at his residence in Patna. He urged his mother to join hands in the election field. “If this does not happen, I will contest as an independent candidate and will do my best to win it,” he said.

On the “Laloo-Rabri Morcha”, Tej Pratap said if the party did not accept his demand, he would field 20 candidates in Bihar. “I have decided it although I have not announced it officially,” he said.

“I have no intention of making a separate party. At all times, I wish to strengthen the RJD,” Tej Pratap concluded.

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India

AgustaWestland: Patel, Gupta, Pubby, Santhanam indicted

New Delhi: In the charge sheet in the case of the alleged scam in AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has named the Indian National Congress’s Ahmed Patel and journalists Raju Santhanam, Manu Pubby and Shekhar Gupta.

Congress, Ahmed Patel indicted in AgustaWestland case

AgustaWestlandThe AgustaWestland case charge sheet has Michel admitting that “FAM” in his scribbled notes referred to “family” and “AP” mentioned in those scraps was Ahmed Patel, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s close aide.

“The Defence Minister is 100% behind us. On 24th August, the final CCS note was presented to the Defence Minister.”

“It is an excellent note. It was circulated to the Council of Ministers who have agreed to clear it at the next CCS, and the PM has demonstrated to Hillary that he did intervene, but (the) rule of Government let it go through,” reads a note.

Journalists ‘influenced’ public opinion

Middleman Christian Michel, extradited recently from the UAE, made payments to these journalists and hired services of Guy Douglas to influence the media and tone down articles in The Indian Express, the ED has charged.

British national and middleman of the scrapped deal Christian Michel had allegedly roped in some famous scribes in order to mould public opinion on the increasingly corruption-ravaged UPA government of the time.

Michel, lodged in the Tihar Jail, is among the main accused in the VVIP chopper case. The ED charge sheet has cited the money trail of Michel leading up to Raju Santhanam who was, ironically, once regarded as an anti-corruption crusader who had to lose his job due to a covert operation in the factory of a leading company.

“As per (the) Casana sheet, a payment of £ 205,860.40 was made to Ashwin Santhanam, son of Raju Santhanam, in addition to booking an air ticket for him and his family for a total amount of Rs 26.50 lakh,” the ED charge sheet says.

Brokers Michel, Guido Haschke and his associate Carlo Gerosa made payments, according to the ED, to defence officials, bureaucrats and political leaders of the Congress.

In total, £ 70 million was allegedly paid in bribe in two parts to UPA leaders.

Michel has confessed to making these payments. The arms broker admitted to hiring Guy Douglas to create a concocted media narrative on the scandal.

At that point of time, Manu Pubby and Shekhar Gupta were employed with The Indian Express. They were asked “to tone down their articles in The Indian Express”, said a source.

Indian Express’s defence

In its defence, the said newspaper has carried a report claiming it was at the forefront of exposing the brokers in the deal and inquired how it could be a part of the helicopter deal.

The Express report goes, “The charge sheet quotes Michel: ‘I engaged a full-time press adviser Guy Douglas to have at least our side reported. The most aggressive journalist was Manu Pubby (then with The Indian Express)…Guy Douglas’s first task was to meet Manu Pubby and see if he was willing to listen to our side of the story.’

“It was a series of investigative reports by Pubby in The Indian Express in 2012-13 that first brought the alleged irregularities in the AgustaWestland deal into the public domain. These prompted a probe that led to the cancellation in 2014.”

The Indian Express was the first to report on the network of firms used to allegedly route the bribe money to India. Indeed, the first report on Christian Michel and his deep historic links in India was reported by The Indian Express,” says the paper.

But the allegation is not that the said journalists never exposed the AgustaWestland scam. It is that they were asked to “tone down” their attack on the allegedly corrupt deal. The Indian Express report does not clarify what Manu Pubby and Shekhar Gupta did following the request by the arms dealers and middlemen.

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India

Himanta Biswa Sarma involved in Saradha scam? INC alleges CBI inaction

Guwahati: The Assam Congress on Monday accused the CBI of not taking action against state Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma over his alleged involvement in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.

“The CBI is yet to take any action against Sarma and investigations against him have stopped after he joined the BJP,” Assam Pradesh Congress spokesman and former minister Pradyut Bordoloi told reporters here.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had alleged on Sunday night that Sarma was involved with the chit fund scam, he said.

“He (Sarma) was investigated for his involvement in the scam while he was in Congress but after he joined the BJP, it stopped,” she said.

Bordoloi claimed that “Apart from Saradha, the BJP had earlier accused Sarma of being involved with the Louis Berger scam. A number of arrests were made in Goa in connection with this scam but no action has been taken in Assam”. “It seems Himanta has been cleared in all the cases after he joined the BJP,” he said.

The BJP had mentioned Sarma’s “involvement” in the Louis Berger case in the party’s manifesto during the 2014 Lok Sabha but “once he joined BJP, the party became silent and trained their guns at West Bengal”, Bordoloi said. “Himanta has a history of changing allegiance to save his skin. When TADA cases were slapped against him, he left the ULFA to join Congress and then joined the BJP to save himself from the Sarada and Louis Berger cases”, he added.

Himanta Biswa Sarma’s background

Himanta Biswa Sarma served as an INC MLA from the Jalukbari constituency in Assam from 2001 to 2015 and from May 2016 as a BJP member. A former member of the INC, Sarma joined the BJP in August 2015.

Sarma won the 2016 Assembly elections and was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister on 24 May 2016. The BJP leadership appointed him the convener of the newly constituted North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA). The main objective of the alliance is all-round development of the Northeast and better coordination among the states and Centre, according to Ram Madhav, National General Secretary of BJP.

Himanta Biswa Sarma’s switch to the BJP is largely believed to be the greatest jolt the party ruling at the Centre has dealt to its archrival in Assam. The BJP’s victory in the Assam last Assembly election is credited largely to Sarma’s strategy. He was earlier close to INC president Rahul Gandhi and a trusted Congress leader in the north-eastern State.

In an interview to a newspaper after engineering the BJP’s victory in Assam, Himanta had said, “… my prescription for the Congress was that they be hard on illegal immigration, take on (AIUDF chief Badruddin) Ajmal. They had done that in the last couple of elections but not this time. If they had, the result would not have been like this. Congress wanted to play Muslim communal politics on Assam, that is why they suffered this fate.”

Saradha trail up to Assam

In July 2015 Louis Berger International Inc, a New Jersey-based construction management company, had told a US court that it bribed government officials in India to win the contract for project management consultancy in a water supply project in Guwahati.

The then Congress government led by Tarun Gogoi had ordered a CID probe but the Gauhati High Court later ordered a CBI inquiry into the allegations.

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India

How Bhupinder Singh Hooda in nexus with private builders cheated landowners: A CBI case

New Delhi: Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has been booked by the CBI in yet another case of corruption in the 1,417-acre land acquisition exercise. The land was acquired in 2009 in Gurgaon. The investigating agency carried out searches at 20 locations, officials said on Friday.

The searched locations associated with Hooda included his residence in Rohtak.

The CBI has named Additional Chief Secretary Haryana Trilok Chand Gupta, who was the then chief administrator of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) along with 15 builders in the case, including DLF, Emaar MGF, Buzz Hotels, Ansals among others. Their official premises were searched during the operation in the morning.

Before the Congress cries “witch hunt”, it may be noted that the case was registered on the directions of the Supreme Court dated 1 November 2017. The apex court entrusted the central investigating agency with the task of probing alleged irregularities in the acquisition process of 1,417 acre of land between 2009 and 2012 for sector 58-63 and 65-67 in Gurgaon on 2 June 2009.

What Hooda did to merit a CBI probe

The Hooda government had issued notification for the acquisition of 1,417.07 acre of land situated at sector 58 to 63 and 65 to 67, Gurgaon on 2 June 2009, the agency said.

Subsequently, another notification was issued for acquisition of 850.10 acre on 31 May 2010, the officials said.

It emerged during the preliminary inquiry that the purpose of HUDA for the acquisition of land was ensuring availability of developed land at affordable prices to the public at large, especially the economically weaker sections of society. But the purpose was not served.

The CBI alleges that private builders entered in criminal conspiracy with the then chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and chief administrator Trilok Chand Gupta with an intent to cheat the landowners.

In pursuance of the conspiracy, notifications for acquisition of land were issued by the government, triggering a panic sale of land to private developers at much cheaper rates than the prevailing market prices, the agency said.

According to the CBI, a large chunk of land was of no use to HUDA still it was covered in government notification. The developers used their influence to get licences issued for pockets that were not useful for HUDA and those lands were released from acquisition process. The Hooda government had issued notification for the acquisition of a total area of 1,417.07 acre in 2009 and 850.10 acre in 2010.

During the notification period, approximately 616.40 acre of land was released in favour of developers.

Other builders booked by the agency include RS Infrastructure, Martial Builcon, Marconi Infratech, Commander Realtors, SU Estates Pvt Ltd, Krrish Buildtech, JMD Ltd, Gupta Promoters, H S Realty, DSS Infrastructure and Sana Realtors.

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Fact check: How true are Rahul Gandhi’s Rafale-related allegations?

New Delhi: “France yesterday did not announce any new aircraft acquisition order! The amount being referred to will finance solely the new F4 standard for the Rafale. The 28 aircraft remaining to be delivered to the French Air Force is part of previous acquisition contracts,” tweeted French ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler in response to reports in a section of the media that claimed the government of France had ordered aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation to supply it with 28 Rafale fighter planes at 50% of the price that has been offered to India for 36 planes in flyaway condition.

The Indian National Congress, led by its president Rahul Gandhi, has been picking any piece of contrarian news to question the India-France government-to-government contract worth € 7.8 billion (Rs 59,000 crore) for Rafale fighter jets. That the planes offered to India are overpriced is one of the prime accusations of the opposition party even though there have been conclusive reports that

  1. France’s negotiations with the UPA government were called off;
  2. the Rafale jets offered to India under UPA rule were the base model while that the NDA government is obtaining is an advanced version;
  3. the second factor above notwithstanding, the Rafale jets the Narendra Modi government is procuring is cheaper by Rs 59 crore per unit than what Rahul Gandhi’s party was settling for, reported MyNation.

Further, Gandhi and the INC seem unfazed by the insinuation that AgustaWestland VVIP scam accused arms dealer Christian Michel, who was dealing with the Congress-led UPA government, was additionally an agent of Rafale’s competitor Eurofighter Typhoon made by a consortium of western European enterprises, which might be the reason why the opposition party would keep alleging wrongdoings in the India-France deal, no matter how much it is explained that the government followed well laid down procedures.

There are also reports in the American media that say an INC Member of Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh was involved in a scandal of titanium mining in the State. This titanium was being supplied to Boeing, another rival of Dassault Aviation, reported The New York Times. The INC has not reacted to reports that Boeing might be egging the party on to raise the Rafale issue so that the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal is scrapped, which would give Boeing another chance to bid for the contract.

HAL and Reliance, France and India

Rahul Gandhi and the INC have claimed further that Anil Ambani-promoted Reliance Defence benefited from the Rafale deal at the expense of the public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). This, despite the facts, revealed so far that

  1. HAL has never been an offset partner in a contract; it could have been a full-fledged collaborator in the making of Rafale fighters only if these 36 planes were jointly manufactured by India and France whereas these aircraft are coming to India made wholly in France, with neither HAL nor Reliance playing any part in the process; this has been clarified by no less than the HAL chief;
  2. the HAL’s record in delivering equipment and machine in time has been abysmal over the past decade ― something the Indian Air Force complained about even during the UPA regime;
  3. Reliance Defence is only one of the 100 offset partners of Dassault Aviation;
  4. neither the French government nor the Indian counterpart played a role in choosing Reliance Defence as one of the offset partners; former French president François Hollande, fighting his own demons in French domestic politics, disowned the statement attributed to him that the Modi government had pressured his dispensation to choose Ambani’s firm as an offset partner of Dassault;
  5. there could be a Gandhi-Hollande nexus;
  6. both the current government of France and Dassault Aviation rubbished Hollande’s allegation;
  7. the only job Reliance Defence has got so far is making the cones of Falcon planes, which have nothing to do with Rafale.

On Tuesday,

  • The French govt refuted the reports that claimed it had ordered 28 of the jets at half the cost compared to what India had paid;
  • It stressed that the € 2 billion figure being mentioned for the purchase of the 28 fighters was in fact meant for development (and not procurement) of the new F4 variant of the Rafale

The IAF is getting the F3R variant of the Rafale, with the 36 jets slated for delivery in the 2019-2022 timeframe, under the deal inked by the NDA government in September 2016, reports The Times of India.

The leading Indian newspaper wrote, “The original F1 standard Rafale was first upgraded to F2, with air-to-ground and air-to-air weapon capabilities, while the F3 and F3R ones enhanced its versatility further. As per fighter manufacturer Dassault Aviation, the validation of the F4 standard is planned for 2024, with some functions becoming available as of 2022.”

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IRCTC scam: Delhi court grants bail to Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav

New Delhi: Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Friday granted bail to former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi and her son and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav in the IRCTC land scam case.

The CBI court also issued a production warrant against Lalu Prasad Yadav for October 6. The former Bihar chief minister did not appear before the court today as he is serving time in a Ranchi jail after conviction in fodder scam cases.

The court granted bail to Rabri and Tejashwi Yadav on a personal bond of Rs one lakh and one surety of the like amount.

The next date of hearing has been set as 6 October. Earlier the court had summoned and asked the Lalu family and others in the case to appear before the court today in the case related to alleged irregularities in granting operational contract of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm.

Lalu did not appear before the court today as he is in a Jharkhand jail in another case.

The CBI, which had on 16 April filed the charge sheet in the case, had said there was enough evidence against Lalu, Rabri, Tejashwi, and others.

The CBI had earlier informed the court that sanction has been procured from authorities concerned to prosecute Additional Member of Railway Board BK Agarwal, who was then the group general manager of the IRCTC.

Besides Lalu Prasad and his family members, former Union minister Prem Chand Gupta and his wife Sarla Gupta, Agarwal, then managing director of IRCTC PK Goyal and then IRCTC director Rakesh Saxena was also named in the charge sheet.

The other names in the charge sheet include then group general managers of IRCTC VK Asthana and RK Goyal, and Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar, both directors of Sujata Hotels and owners of Chanakya Hotel.

Delight Marketing Company, now known as Lara Projects, and Sujata Hotels Private Limited have also been named as accused companies in the charge sheet.

The CBI had registered a case in July last year and carried out searches at 12 locations in Patna, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, and Gurgaon in connection with the case.

The charges in the case include criminal conspiracy (120-B), cheating (420) under IPC and corruption, the central probe agency had said.

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Fodder scam: Lalu Yadav surrenders in Ranchi

Patna: Bihar politician Lalu Yadav surrendered in Jharkhand’s Ranchi today, days after a court refused to extend his parole. The former Bihar Chief Minister, jailed for corruption last year, had been out on bail since May.

“I am following the court’s order. I am unwell but I have faith in the high court verdict,” said the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief.

Lalu Yadav was jailed in December for three-and-a-half years after being convicted in a multi-million-rupee scam involving the embezzlement of government funds in Bihar meant for cattle fodder in the 1990s when he was chief minister of undivided Bihar.

The 70-year-old had asked for a three-month extension of his parole saying he needed treatment for an anal abscess, kidney stone, and enlarged prostate glands. But the Jharkhand High Court rejected it and ordered him to return to jail by today.

Doctors from the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai would examine Lalu Yadav and inform the court about his condition, his lawyer Prabhat Kumar said after his surrender.

The court also asked the state government to provide medical care to Lalu Yadav whenever needed. The CBI had strongly opposed any more reprieve for Lalu Yadav, saying he had already taken about three months off his jail term for his treatment.

Lalu Yadav was granted six weeks’ provisional bail in May in the fodder scam case. He was restrained from taking part in any public function or political activity and was also barred from interacting with the media during that time.

Lalu who had been undergoing treatment in a Mumbai hospital reached Ranchi on Wednesday. “Bolna nahi hai. Instruction hai. Tabiyat theek nahi hai. There are instructions. My health is not good),” Lalu Prasad told reporters while on his way to his wife Rabri Devi’s residence at 10, Circular road.

The RJD leader, who has been lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail since December, was granted six weeks provisional bail in May. The bail was further extended till 14 August, after which the court asked him to surrender on or before 30 August.

The fodder scam cases relate to illegal withdrawal of money from government treasuries in different districts for the animal husbandry department in undivided Bihar in the 1990s when the Rashtriya Janata Dal was in power in the state.

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Entertainment

Kartik Aaryan and Jacqueline Fernandez goof around in Budapest

Mumbai: When two actors come together and we notice some sparks, it’s surely serving some fodder for the spicy headlines for the tabloids and some good and spicy news for movie fanatics.
Well we have recently noticed Kartik Aaryan and Jacqueline Fernandez goofing around together in Budapest… but before you jump into any conclusion, let us tell you that the two are seen together for some work commitment.
Kartik Aaryan who is super active on social media, has been sharing some pictures from Budapest in the past couple of days. The actor didn’t reveal why he was present in the city, but he shared some amazing pictures where we saw him on the streets and also taking a dip in a pool (which got us melting).
However today, Jacqueline Fernandez surprisingly shared a video from Budapest where we see the two shooting together. In the video we see them on location, getting their hair and make-up done and just when Kartik is ready for the camera, Jacqueline accidentally hits his hair and the two can’t stop laughing about it.
The actress has captioned the video saying, Jab We Met, @kartikaaryan, nice to meet you. To which Kartik in his humourous sense replied, “Quite KICKed to meet you.”
Looking at the video, we are sure the two are working on something fun but don’t wish to reveal anything. But we must say that Kartik’s chemistry with Jacqueline is surely interesting… the two are like fire and ice and it will be quite a thing to watch them together for audiences.
Recently there were reports that Jacqueline might star opposite Kartik in the remake of the Kannada hit film Kirik Party. While Kartik has been confirmed, his ladylove for the film is yet to be disclosed. But if the rumours come true, we will not be disappointed, because Kartik’s pairing with Jacqueline is quite hot!
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HC extends bail period of Lalu Prasad till 20 Aug

Ranchi: The Jharkhand High Court on Friday extended the provisional bail period of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, convicted in four fodder scam cases, till 20 August on medical grounds.

The period was extended by Justice Apresh Kumar Singh.

“We have prayed for the extension of the bail period for three more months on medical grounds,” Prasad’s counsel Prabhat Kumar said.

The high court had on 11 May granted six weeks provisional bail to Prasad and again extended it till 14 August, Chitaranjan Sinha, another counsel for the RJD chief, said.

Prasad, 69, suffers from diabetes, blood pressure, kidney problems and other ailments and is currently being treated at the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai, Sinha said. He has been convicted in four cases of the multi-crore fodder scam.

The cases relate to illegal withdrawal of money from government treasuries in different districts for the the animal husbandry department in undivided Bihar in the 1990s when the RJD was in power in the State.

On 30 September 2013, he was convicted in the first fodder scam case related to the Chaibasa Treasury.

The former Bihar chief minister was again convicted in another case related to the Chaibasa Treasury on 24 January 2018. On 23 February and 19 March, he was convicted in cases related to the Deoghar Treasury and the Dumka Treasury respectively.

The court had on 19 March held the 69-year-old RJD chief guilty along with 18 others in connection with the case. The former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra, however, was acquitted in the case along with 12 other accused.

The RJD supremo has been in jail since 23 December last year, after being convicted in the Deoghar treasury case for three-and-a-half years before being convicted in the Chaibasa treasury case (five years) and the Dumka treasury case (14 years).