It’s a huge sigh of relief for RJD chief and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. He was granted interim bail by the Delhi High Court till January 19, 2019, in two Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) scam cases filed by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.
Special Judge Arun Bharadwaj granted interim bail to Lalu Prasad Yadav after he was produced before the court via video conference from a Ranchi jail, where he is serving time as a prisoner in a fodder scam case. He was unable to come to Delhi due to health reasons, an official from his party said.
The court directed both the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file their replies to Lalu Yadav’s application seeking regular bail in both the cases.
The cases relate to alleged irregularities in granting operational contract of two IRCTC (Railways) hotels to a private firm.
The court had earlier granted regular bail to Lalu Yadav’s wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav in the CBI case. They are also on interim bail in the case filed by the Enforcement Directorate, which was extended till January 19, the next date of hearing.