CBI seeks files on all rail deals under Lalu regime

The ministry has also been asked to draw up a list of all key railway officers in positions of influence on commercial matters during this period, their present posting, contact details etc, sources told The Indian Express.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Published:July 13, 2017 2:11 am
Lalu yadav, CBI raid, Lalu yadav CBI raid, RJD, BJP, IRCTC, Rabri Devi, RJD leader and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad arrives at a special CBI court in Ranchi on Thursday connection with the multi-crore fodder scam case. PTI Photo

THE CBI has sought all files, correspondences, notings, minutes of meetings and every other document pertaining to tenders and policy decisions related to all hotels and properties undertaken by the Railway Ministry and IRCTC between 2004 and 2009, when RJD chief Lalu Prasad was the Union Rail Minister. The ministry has also been asked to draw up a list of all key railway officers in positions of influence on commercial matters during this period, their present posting, contact details etc, sources told The Indian Express. The Railway Board’s Vigilance directorate is currently processing the list, which is expected to be sent to the CBI by Friday.

Last Friday, the investigating agency registered an FIR against Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi, their son and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, and five others in a case of alleged corruption linked to the award of tenders for the maintenance of two railway hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006.

The documents the CBI has sought will include files that originated before and remained in circulation after 2006, the year of the award of the tenders.

Documents linked to these tenders, which were examined by The Indian Express, show that Sujata Hotels, a company owned by two Patna-based businessmen, emerged as the only eligible bidder for the Puri hotel in what is being described as “a virtual walkover”. Documents show that Sujata Hotels became H1, or highest bidder, for the Puri property by default as there was no other bidder in the financial round — it got the contract for Rs 9.96 crore.

Records also show that the tender committee at the time, comprising three IRCTC senior officials, stated the only other bidder in contention, Hotel Keshari of Bhubaneshwar, did not qualify for the financial round as it “did not seem to have a plan” to execute the contract. The committee noted that Hotel Keshari’s seriousness was “doubtful” as it had not submitted its balance sheet, detailed audit report and profit-and-loss accounts.

Based on its financials, it scored 53 out of 100, while the requirement was a minimum of 60, despite the bidder meeting minimum eligibility criteria, according to documents. The committee had submitted its report to the tender accepting authority, then then MD of IRCTC, P K Goyal, who has also been named in the CBI’s FIR, on December 23, 2006 — Goyal approved it the same day.

The tender committee concluded Keshari did not appear to have the capacity to renovate the hotel in four months. But official sources told The Indian Express the renovation by Sujata Hotels took over a couple of years.

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  1. S
    Sanjit Singh
    Jul 14, 2017 at 12:49 am
    Even layman's veiw is lalu is born corrupt no arguments on this point. Only investing agency needs to ascertain quantum of loot and financial trail.
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    Nilesh Ataliya
    Jul 13, 2017 at 9:56 pm
    Railway made profit, so he is allowed to do corruption?
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    narayan kutty
    Jul 13, 2017 at 3:04 pm
    C B I SHOULD ARREST ALL THESE BEGGARS
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    Jim Roland
    Jul 13, 2017 at 2:05 pm
    fortishospital81
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    hemant
    Jul 13, 2017 at 6:51 am
    It was during Lalu Yadav as railway Minister, the Indian Railways made huge profits in its history of 100 years and train services and Railway was best since 1947. Now CBI being use as ally of BJP and RSS to demonize Lalu Yadav so that Feku could continue with EVM Tamepering and Elecotral Fraud in 2019 Elections. BJP and RSS want to wipe out Democracy in the country and destroy Indian cons ution like British Raj.
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