Ranchi: On Friday, the Jharkhand High Court deferred the hearing on RJD chief Lalu Prasad's bail plea in the fodder scam related Dumka Treasury case for six weeks.

The hearing was of great significance as if the HC had granted bail to the former Bihar chief minister, it could have paved Lalu's exit from jail. He has secured bail in other cases related to the scam. Earlier in October, Lalu was granted bail by the Jharkhand High Court in the Chaibasa Treasury case. He, however, remained in jail since the Dumka Treasury case was still pending.

The court deferred the matter after RJD supremo's counsel demanded six-week time from the court to get certified copies of documents and records from the lower court and submit it before HC. On November 27, Jharkhand HC had asked Lalu Prasad to produce record and documents of lower court.

Lalu’s bail plea hearing had been adjourned by the Jharkhand court on November 27.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has opposed RJD leaders’ bail plea stating that he has not served a single day sentence in connection with the Dumka Treasury case.

Last week, the Jharkhand High Court had sought a report from the Jharkhand government on who ordered the transfer of Lalu to the director's bungalow of a Ranchi hospital from its paying ward in August and shifting him back there recently. The single bench of Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh directed the state government to file the report by December 18. In Jharkhand, the RJD is part of the JMM-led ruling coalition which also has the Congress.

A division bench, headed by Chief Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan, also asked the state government to submit its reply on alleged violation of jail Lalu.

Lalu Prasad has been convicted in four out of five fodder scam cases relating to illegal withdrawal of crores of rupees from Chaibasa, Deoghar, Dumka and Doranda treasuries.