Ranchi: Controversy has arisen after Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’ ward in a government hospital here went through a thorough scan by jail and district officials on Saturday.
The surprise check followed after prison authorities received complained about violation of jail rules in the paying ward of the hospital. This comes hours after, Tariq Anawar, who switched over to Congress from NCP recently, and D P Tripathi, senior NCP leader, had visited Lalu in the hospital. Every Saturday the veteran politician is permitted to meet a maximum of three people in his hospital ward.
Convicted in fodder scam cases for more than a year, Yadav is currently admitted at paying ward of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS). Leaders of Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) too have been meeting Prasad to discuss seat-sharing arrangements.
The Supreme Court on Friday had issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a plea by Lalu Prasad seeking bail in multi-million fodder scam cases. The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna had given the investigating agency two weeks’ time to file its response to the bail plea by the former Chief Minister.
Appearing for Lalu Prasad, senior counsel Kapil Sibal told the court that Yadav had already been in jail for the last 22 months and was not in proper state of health.
The former Bihar Chief Minister who was shifted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences from Ranchi Jail on medical grounds, has been meeting family members and leaders across party lines to discuss strategies for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
RJD hit out at the state’s BJP government, describing raid as ‘political vendetta’.