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Contending his guilt was established beyond reasonable doubt, the CBI has opposed RJD chief Lalu Prasad's plea in the Supreme Court for bail in a fodder scam case in which he was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail. After the Patna High Court dismissed the former Bihar CM's plea, he moved the Supreme Court seeking bail till his appeal against conviction by a special CBI court was decided by the HC.
A bench led by Chief Justice P Sathasivam had sought a reply from the CBI. The court will take up CBI's response to dismiss Lalu's petition Friday.
The CBI opposed relief to Lalu saying no new facts or circumstances had emerged post his conviction to grant bail. The probe agency submitted that Yadav's petition seeking bail was "bereft of merit and liable to be rejected."
CBI said Lalu he had lost his Parliament membership after his conviction could not seek bail on parity with other convicts who were released on bail. "25 other convicts have been granted bail as they have completed half of the sentence period in custody, which is not the case with the petitioner," it said.
CBI pointed out several facts brought on record during investigation to seek dismissal of Lalu's petition. "Sufficient evidence has come on record during trial that the petitioner had knowledge about the alleged fraudulent withdrawal but pursuant to criminal conspiracy, the petitioner procrastinated investigation on the pretext of enquiry by Public Accounts Committee as and when the matter was brought to his notice," it said.
The FIR alleging fraudulent withdrawals from district treasury of Chaibasa, now in Jharkhand, during 1994-95 by co-conspirators of animal husbandry department are matters of record. Lalu was originally not named in the FIR and his involvement surfaced during the investigation, it said.