Lalu Prasad Yadav
RJD chief Lalu Prasad YadavReuters file

Rashtriya Janata Dal president and fodder scam convict Lalu Prasad Yadav surrendered before a special CBI court in Ranchi on expiry of his provisional bail on Thursday, August 30.

Prasad, who reached here from Patna, was directed by the Jharkhand High Court to surrender before the CBI court by August 30.

After his surrender before Judge SS Prasad, RJD chief's advocate Prabhat Kumar said his client had been suffering from various ailments. At this, the judge directed doctors of the Birsa Munda Jail to consult doctors who were treating the former chief minister.

The judge also said that Lalu Prasad could also undergo treatment by Dr Umesh Prasad at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS). "There are instructions. My health is not good," Lalu Prasad told The New Indian Express while on his way to his wife Rabri Devi's residence at 10, Circular Road.

After being sent to jail in December 2017 following conviction in the fodder scam cases, Prasad spent a considerable time at the RIMS Hospital in Ranchi and at the AIIMS at New Delhi, for treatment of various ailments. He was also treated at a Mumbai hospital for three weeks and was discharged on August 25.

He was released on six weeks' provisional bail on May 11 by the Jharkhand High Court for medical treatment and was restrained from taking part in any public function, political activity or issuing statements to the media during the period. The high court had extended the period of Prasad's bail till August 27 and had refused to extend it further. He was ordered to surrender by August 30.

The fodder scam cases relate to illegal withdrawal of money from government treasuries in different districts for the animal husbandry department in undivided Bihar in the 1990s when the RJD was in power in the state.

(With inputs from PTI)