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    Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad's absence may hit party's poll drive

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    Convicted in four fodder scam cases so far, Prasad has secured bail in two cases but his bail plea in the third case, in which he was sentenced for five years, has been adjourned by the Jharkhand High Court till October 9. He is still to file for bail in the fourth case.

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    Prasad’s legal team’s calculations are that he has already spent nearly 40 months in jail, including the term spent pre-trial.
    NEW DELHI: It is highly unlikely that Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad would be released from judicial custody for the Bihar elections which may be a major setback to his party’s campaign.

    Convicted in four fodder scam cases so far, Prasad has secured bail in two cases but his bail plea in the third case, in which he was sentenced for five years, has been adjourned by the Jharkhand High Court till October 9. He is still to file for bail in the fourth case.

    “The judge is applying the principle that you are eligible for bail only after serving half your sentence and told me at the hearing last Friday that there were still 26 days to go for the same by his calculations. So, we asked the judge to adjourn this to October 9 after 90 minutes of hearing. The CBI meanwhile says we cannot get bail at all as the various sentences are to run consecutively and not concurrently. The bail in the fourth case is still to be filed,” Prasad’s lawyer Kapil Sibal told ET. Prasad’s lawyer in Ranchi, Devarshi Mondal said they were “taking up the four cases one by one and by November, we should be done with the fourth matter but bail on that has not been moved.”

    The fourth case is more complex as the court sentence in March 2018 convicted Prasad for seven years under IPC and seven years under the PC Act and stipulated that the sentences would run consecutively and not concurrently, implying that it would be a 14-year term. The Bihar elections are scheduled in October-November. Prasad’s legal team’s calculations are that he has already spent nearly 40 months in jail, including the term spent pre-trial. That calculation is as per the HC’s order last December in which his bail plea filed in the fourth case was rejected on the grounds that he had spent only 31 months in prison till then. In the third case, where he was convicted for five years, Prasad’s legal team assumed that the half-term was over earlier this year and had filed the bail plea in June. However, the court said at the last hearing that as per its calculation, there were still 26 days to go for Prasad. “That would mean that the bail hearing in the fourth case, which carries a 14-year-term, would be a long-drawn affair till next year if not more,” said a BJP leader who did not want to be identified.

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