CBI raids on Lalu Prasad Yadav: PM Modi, Amit Shah orchestrating raids to politically finish me, says RJD chief

Lalu Prasad Yadav said, "Decisions on handing over hotels were taken before I took over as railway minister, so the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee government must respond on the issue." He also rubbished the reports of CBI questioning with Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Yadav.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2017 9:57 pm
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Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday rubbished reports of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) questioning his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav, while terming the raid a political vendetta by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. Yadav was quoted by PTI as saying: “CBI searches is a BJP conspiracy, witch hunt. I have done nothing wrong and I am open to any probe.” The RJD chief also said, “Decisions on handing over hotels were taken before I took over as railway minister, so the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee government must respond on the issue.”

Lalu Yadav also challenged PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah saying he will break their egos. “Suno Modi, Amit Shah faasi ke fande par latak jaayenge lekin tumhara aehankaar, buniyaad choor-choor kar denge (Listen Modi and Amit Shah, even if I will be sentenced to death, I will break your ego and foundation (sic)”, said Yadav according to news agency ANI.

Meanwhile, hitting out at BJP for the CBI raids, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “CBI raids at Lalu Prasad’s residence political reprisal, BJP is using central agencies to disturb opposition parties.”

CBI on Friday registered a case against former Railways minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rabri and Tejashwi on corruption charges during his tenure as Union minister in 2006.  The investigative agency carried out raids at 12 locations, including Yadav’s premises in Delhi, Patna, Ranchi, Puri and Gurgaon.

The case has been lodged for alleged corruption by Yadav’s family. It is related to the alleged irregularities in tenders allotted to Sujata Hotels, a private company, for development, maintenance and operation of BNR hotels at Ranchi and Puri. These hotels are Indian Railways’ heritage hotels which IRCTC took over from the public transporter in 2006.

However, Senior BJP leader and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu denied any “political vendetta” in the raids and said that the “CBI is doing its duty.”

“The case is of criminal conspiracy (section 120-B) and cheating (section 420) under the Indian Penal Code, and corruption,” said Rakesh Asthana, additional director, CBI, who is supervising the case. He also said the agency registered the FIR on July 5, after it was convinced of the veracity of the allegations during a preliminary enquiry.

The other accused named in the FIR are Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, RJD MP and a close aide of Prasad; Vijay Kochhar and Vinay Kochhar, directors of Sujata Hotels and owners of Chanakya Hotel in Patna; Delight Marketing Company, now known as Lara Projects; and the then IRCTC managing director P K Goel.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar did not react publicly to the raids. According to the officials, he had left for Rajgir in Nalanda on Thursday night due to “health reasons” and had called for a meeting with senior officials.

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  1. Kushal Kumar
    Jul 8, 2017 at 7:05 am
    This development and other developments across the country during August-September or somewhat before with epicenter in Delhi covering financial or trading scams in which some politicians are alleged to be key players are corresponding to this Vedic astrology writer's predictions in article " 2017 - an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February- March and August-September" issued widely to Indian news media last year in October -November 2016. While saying that financial or trading scams during the said period with Delhi as epicenter could be in big news , it was also said : " Some political leaders may be unwell or may break- away or probably face some consequence of wrong-doing allegedly done in past".
    1. V
      Jul 8, 2017 at 5:15 am
      In its tone and tenure, IE is completely with the CORRUPTION ALLIANCE. Just like it is pro-terrorists and Pro- Muslim. All those who do not like corruption may please note this. IE should also tell whether corruption cases should be investigated at all or not?
      1. A
        Jul 8, 2017 at 2:59 am
        How come our Indian media never tells us about Christianity? Pope Francis's top Vatican ally has just been charged with child secsx abuse The Catholic priest sesx abuse scandal has just made its way to the top of the Vatican. Christian church Cardinal George Pell, the third most senior official at the Vatican, was charged with multiple “historical” secsxual assaults in his native Australia, and ordered to appear in a Melbourne court next month. Ninety minutes after the charges were announced, the Christian Catholic archdiocese of Sydney released a statement that Pell would “return to Australia as soon as possible to clear his name.” Authorities have not yet released information about the victims, but they are involved minors.
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          J sitaramaiah
          Jul 8, 2017 at 2:09 am
          No criminal will accept that he has committed a crime. Sri Lalu is a proven criminal. Still he says he is innocent and framed. No body believes that his family is not involved in corruption.
          1. Ram
            Jul 8, 2017 at 1:43 am
            Don't pose like innocent and you are master of corruption with your friendly corrupt rogues / parties.
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