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Wednesday, 10 May, 2000, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK
Bail for Bihar politician
Laloo Yadav
Laloo Yadav has been in custody for over a month
By Manikant Thakur in Patna

A court in the Indian state of Bihar has granted bail to the state's former chief minister, Laloo Prasad Yadav.

Mr Yadav, who has been in judicial custody for over a month, is facing charges of corruption.

The state's high court ruled that Mr Yadav could be set free but warned him against trying to influence the trial.

It said the bail was conditional and the court would review it after three months.

Mr Yadav has been accused of acquiring a fortune by misappropriating public money during his term as the chief minister from 1990 to 96.

Mr Yadav's wife, Rabri Devi, who is currently the chief minister, is also an accused in the case.

The trouble for the state's first couple began two years ago when the government auditors discovered that millions of rupees had been siphoned off from funds meant for the animal husbandry department.

Mr Yadav's arrest last month followed investigations by the country's top agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Officials said that although Mr Yadav has been given bail, he may have to spend another night in jail pending formalities of his release.

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