Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav will miss an Assembly election in Bihar for the first in 30 years.
Convicted in three separate fodder scam case in 2017, the former CM is currently in jail in Ranch.
The former CM has secured bail in only one of the three cases.
As per the most optimistic calculations by his lawyer, Yadav can hope to walk out of jail only after November 10, the day votes are counted.
Elections are scheduled to be held in three phases, on October 28, November 3 and 7.
“The high court has set a precedent that either the convict of fodder scam convicts will be granted bail on completion of half-sentence or on merit,” said advocate Sameer Saurav of the high court.
Yadav in 2019 got bail in one of the cases after completing half of the 3.5 years jail term.
His second bail application is under consideration in the Jharkhand High Court.
The next date of hearing is October 9. His sentence in that particular case is five years, and half of that term is over this month.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief is facing 14 years in prison in the third case.
Of the entire jail term includes seven years under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections and another seven under Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.
The court expressly said both sentences would run consecutively.