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SC gives bail to Lalu

New Delhi/Ranchi, Dec. 13: Lalu Prasad today received bail from the Supreme Court but is unlikely to be freed before tomorrow or Monday from the Jharkhand jail where he has spent 74 days since his conviction on September 30.

The bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi took into consideration that “similarly placed” co-convicts in the fodder scam had got bail.

The terms and conditions have been left to the trial court.

Defence counsel Ram Jethmalani today told the apex court that 37 of 44 other fodder scam convicts were on bail, so his client should not be denied relief.Additional solicitor-general P.P. Malhotra, who appeared for the CBI, told the court the agency had no objection to the bail.

“Of five years, the petitioner has served one year in jail. Similarly placed persons who have been convicted for five years have also been granted bail,” Justice Sathasivam said.

The CBI court that sentenced him to five years in jail is closed on the second Saturday of the month. But an exception may be made for Lalu.