Ranchi: The court will hear the petition on the bail of former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief in connection with the multi-crore rupees fodder scam on February 19 after the lawyers from both side on Friday went back and forth over the exact number of days Yadav had already spent in jail since his arrests little over two years ago.

Representing Yadav, veteran defense lawyer Kapil Sibbal argued that the RJD chief had spent 28 months and 29 days which is nearly half of his sentence of seven years in the fodder scam case and thus eligible for bail.

CBI lawyers, however, contradicted Sibbal’s claim saying Yadav had spent 27 months and six days in the prison –28 days less than what the defense attorney was claiming and thus would have to wait nearly a month more to get eligible for bail.

Yadav’s advocate reacted by stating that the CBI was dragging its feet in the case by mixing dates intentionally to keep the RJD chief locked up in the prison as long as they could.

Court will resume the hearing now on February 19.

The case relates to illegal and fraudulent withdrawal of money from the Dumka Treasury in the ‘90s when Yadav was the Chief Minister of Bihar.

Members of the Yadav family and his supporters, however, have alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leaving no stone unturned in keeping the former Bihar Chief Minister in jail because his freedom could mean trouble for the 'communal forces' led by the Modi-Shah duo. They also warn West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee of be wary ot the nefarious intention of the BJP that is hell-bent on destroying any form of opposition in any state in its goal towards turning India into a full dictatorship.