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    Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad to miss Bihar election campaign even after getting bail

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    This will hence be the first election in the state in nearly three decades without Prasad and LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan, who passed away on Thursday. The third and the final phase of polling in Bihar assembly election is scheduled for November 7.

    Convicted in four fodder scam cases, Prasad has secured bail in three cases so far.
    New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad got bail in the Chaibasa case from the Jharkhand High Court on Friday, but he will still miss the Bihar election campaign as his lawyers said he would be eligible for bail in the last case against him only after November 9. The state assembly election results will be out a day later.

    This will hence be the first election in the state in nearly three decades without Prasad and LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan, who passed away on Thursday.

    The third and the final phase of polling in Bihar assembly election is scheduled for November 7.

    “The judge is considering him for bail after his half-term in a sentence is over. This has happened in the Chaibasa case today. In the last Dumka Treasury case, in which he was convicted for seven years, the half-sentence would be over on November 9 and we would be applying for bail soon in that case now,” Prasad’s lawyer in Ranchi, Prabhat Kumar, told ET.

    However, one of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) counsels in Ranchi told ET that the agency will strongly oppose Prasad’s bail in the Dumka case as he was sentenced for 14 years in that case and not seven years. “The court judgement was clear in March 2018 in Dumka case, convicting him for seven years under IPC (Indian Penal Code) and seven years under PC (Prevention of Corruption) Act and specifying that the sentences will run consecutively and not concurrently. Hence, the half-term will end a couple of years later and not in November,” said the CBI counsel, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Convicted in four fodder scam cases, Prasad has secured bail in three cases so far. The CBI has been arguing in all cases that the various sentences are to run consecutively and not concurrently but the court has so far ruled in favour of Prasad. The CBI is, however, confident that this will not be the case in the Dumka conviction, which stipulated clearly that the two seven-year sentences would run consecutively and not concurrently, implying a 14-year term.
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    Jagdish Kumar Bhargava48 days ago
    Surprisingly , Honourable HC has granted bail to this notorious person who is living comfortably in a senior Doctor's Bungalow defying all rules and regulations of the Jail manual. He should be sent to Birsa Munda prison immediately and no leniency should be shown to him. There are so many prisoners suffering from serious ailments but they never get such unusual VIP treatment in the prison.
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