Lalu Prasad Yadav, a controversial Indian politician and former chief minister of eastern state of Bihar, surrendered before a court in neighbouring Jharkhand state Thursday, following the expiry of his provisional bail for medical treatment, reported Xinhua.
"Prasad reached state capital Ranchi from Bihar's capital Patna Wednesday, and surrendered before the court of the country's premier probe agency, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), this morning. This was after his plea for extension of bail was rejected," a lawyer said.
The veteran politician spent a considerable time in various hospitals across the country, including in Delhi and Mumbai, for treatment of various ailments since he was sent to jail in December last year, following his conviction in one of the several cases in a decades-old scam.
Yadav was subsequently convicted in other cases related to the multi-million dollars fodder scam that took place when he was Bihar's chief minister in the 1990s.
In his last conviction in March this year, he was sentenced to 14 years in jail. The fodder scam first came to light in 1996. The scam involved the embezzlement of state funds intended for cattle fodder while Yadav was Bihar's chief minister.
Yadav, who later became the Indian railways minister, has always denied the charges. His family members have blamed India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh for "using" the CBI to frame Yadav.
Yadav is one of India's most controversial politicians. He heads a regional party in Bihar. After corruptions allegations surfaced against him, he had resigned as chief minister of Bihar and installed his wife, Rabri Devi, in his place.
His Rashtriya Janata Dal party lost power in state elections in 2005. Currently, Bihar is ruled by a coalition government, comprising Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) party and its junior alliance partner BJP.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK