CBI raids Lalu Prasad Yadav, his family over corruption charges in allotment of IRCTC hotels

Lalu Prasad corruption case: The CBI case is related to alleged irregularities in tenders allotted to a private company for development, maintenance and operation of Railway hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006, when Lalu was the Railway minister.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi And Patna | Updated: July 7, 2017 12:47 pm
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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday registered a case against former Railways minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and his son Tejashwi Yadav on corruption charges during his tenure as Union minister in 2006.  The CBI is carrying out raids at 12 locations, including the premises of Lalu Prasad Yadav, in Delhi, Patna, Ranchi, Puri and Gurgaon. Rabri Devi’s current residence 10, Circular Road has also been raided by agency officials. Raids in New Delhi were being conducted in New Friends Colony. In Odisha, raids were carried out at Chanakya BNR Hotel in Puri.

The case is related to alleged irregularities in tenders allotted to a private company Sujata Hotels for development, maintenance and operation of BNR hotels at Ranchi and Puri. The BNR hotels are Railways’ heritage hotels which IRCTC took over fro the public transporter earlier in the same year.

Former Managing Director, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) P K Goel, Sujata, wife of Yadav’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, two directors of a private company, have also been booked by CBI in connection with the case, among others.

Speaking to reporters, Lalu Prasad described the raids as “witch hunt”. “The raid is a witch hunt; There is no illegality. I have done nothing wrong,” Yadav said. “No wrong was done in the tendering, this is a BJP conspiracy.Me and my party will not be cowed down,” he further added.

BJP legislature party leader Sushil Kumar Modi had revealed, earlier this year, that two railways hotels had been allotted “in contravention of tender norms and at throwaway prices”. Modi had alleged that the beneficiary had transferred precious plots at Patna – where a big mall has been coming up- via RJD MP Prem Chand Gupta.

Several RJD leaders, who gathered at Lalu Prasad’s residence to express solidarity, accused the NDA government of ‘political vendetta’ as Lalu Prasad had always targeted ‘communal agenda’ of BJP. A party leader said: “RJD rally scheduled for August 27 would be conducted even if he is arrested.” RJD Mla and close aide to Lalu, Shakti Singh Yadav said, “Union railway minister has no rile to play in hotel allotment.” Another RJD leader Manoj Jha said that the party will fight legally and politically agains the charges. Speaking to ANI, Jha said, “Today is the darkest day in Indian democracy. We will not be cowed down by this. We will fight legally and politically,” Jha said.

BJP Leader Giriraj Singh spoke to news agency ANI, and said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar can no longer remain quiet on corruption charges against Lalu Prasad Yadav. “Law is taking its course. Now Nitish Kumar ji cannot remain a mute spectator. He will have to speak out and state his stand clearly,” Singh said. “Now, Nitish Kumar has to decide if he wants to stay with Lalu Prasad, who is already a convict in corruption case,” he added. Meanwhile, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Friday called for a senior officials meeting in Rajgir. It is not immediately known whether it is related to today’s raids at Lalu Prasad’s residences.

Hotel tenders case against Lalu Prasad Yadav and family: CBI raid at New Friends Colony in Delhi

Lalu Prasad held the position of Union Railways Minister from 2004 to 2009 under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s UPA-1 regime. After winning 21 seats in the 2004 general elections, RJD formed alliance with Indian National Congress (INC) and was the second largest member of UPA 1.

Yadav was succeeded by current West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee as the Railways Minister in 2009, who held the position for the next two years.

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  1. B
    Jul 9, 2017 at 10:57 pm
    why not CBI raid AP CM the MOST EXPENSIVE CM on vote for note scam and irregularities on the money he is receiving from the central funds for the projects without ULC from the state how come Rajasthan and MP CM 's are not Questioned /raided for their corruption even though any common man know the truth that they are corrupt Why famous rowdy shetter Mr Naheem case in Telangana is not progressing even he is Muslim why BJP kept in cold storage what is his relation 's with politicians from Gujarat presently ruling the country giving and selection of tenders, normally it is govt. staff does it the lowest bid will be allotted the job, how a CM responsible on fodder scam who has given tender who has given money to whom a CM cannot take from govt treasury so how CM will be at fault this is 10 years old issue what is the AUDIT and CAG report of the railway 's say it has to be clear .
    1. K
      Jul 9, 2017 at 4:53 pm
      The truth behind laluprasad yadev is that he made good cash supply chain schemes for uplifting the lifestyle of the People of Bihar even though the Central Government not giving enough cash budget for Bihar.So Lalu Prasad Yadev has started Supplying Cash to his state people.People of Bihar became rich only and after Lalu Prasad Yadev became Chief Minister of Bihar and subsequently his wife and son are became Chief Ministers.Like this in every state this policy has to be implemented.After independence nobody knows how much budget is required to run the state and growth of the state.The budgets which were been put before central government by some states in India are not enough for the People of the state and different strategies were been adopting for the uplifting the people's life.People will be happy when they will have enough funds to run their families in the state should be properly estimated every time.
      1. Ashutosh Kumar
        Jul 8, 2017 at 11:50 pm
        The String of corruption cases against this convict, Lalu Yadav (Original name LALLOO Prasad Yadav) is getting so long that one life time may not suffice to decide all these cases in his current life time ! Yet this shameless fellow keeps on blabbering all sorts of nonsense. Why is he not under going his 5 years jail sentence in the Charaa Ghotala case ?
        1. S
          Jul 8, 2017 at 4:49 pm
          Narendra Modi is visiting Israel as if his family fought for freedom. His daily expenses in Rs 1 crore within India. if he goes for foreign visit, dress, shoes etc would cost more than a few 20-25 crores. Everybody is looting , but some with dress, style and other expensed, media is not pulling the BJP down
          1. S
            Shafted mohammed
            Jul 8, 2017 at 11:27 am
            Laluji ka band baj raha hai.
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