The CBI on Friday conducted raids at 12 locations, including residences of former Union Railways minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and their son Tejaswi Yadav. The investigative agency has filed a case against them alleging corruption during Lalu’s time in office as Union Railways minister, in 2006.
Raids are being carried out across Delhi, Patna, Bhubaneswar and Gurgaon. A property in South Delhi’s New Friend’s Colony has been searched by the CBI, as well as Rabri Devi’s current residence at 10, Circular Road.
The case has been lodged for alleged corruption on part of the family for wrongful allocation of the IRCTC hotels. Tenders were allegedly allotted to Sujata Hotels, a private company, for upkeep and running of BNR hotels at Ranchi and Puri.
Lalu Prasad CBI raid highlights:
7:56 pm: CBI raids at Lalu Prasad’s residence political reprisal, BJP using central agencies to disturb opposition parties, says Mamata Banerjee.
7:44 pm: Reports of questioning with Rabri Devi for 10 hours and Tejaswi Yadav for 8 hours are false, says Lalu Prasad Yadav
7:43 pm: 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): Lalu Prasad Yadav
7:42 pm: CBI searches is a BJP conspiracy, witch hunt. I have done nothing wrong and I am open to any probe. 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
7:00 pm: Premises of Chartered Accountant of Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family also raided by CBI
5:39 pm: CBI team has left from Lalu Prasad Yadav’s residence in Patna.
Railway hotel tender case: CBI team has left from Lalu Prasad Yadav’s residence in Patna pic.twitter.com/p6tPVzwlli
— ANI (@ANI_news) July 7, 2017
3:49 pm: RJD Chief Lalu Yadav is a well-known corrupt and not above the law, says Rajiv Pratap Rudy. He said, “Recently, it has been revealed that Lalu and his family members have illegally acquired property worth crores through the shell companies. The CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) have probed the allegations and hence have taken action.”
3:28 pm: “I retired long time ago from govt service. I don’t know anything. There’s nothing against me”, said PK Goel, former IRCTC MD on being named in CBI FIR.
I retired long time ago from govt service. I don’t know anything. There’s nothing against me: PK Goel, Ex IRCTC MD on being named in CBI FIR pic.twitter.com/qG1Ob94ZXt
— ANI (@ANI_news) July 7, 2017
2:55 pm: Investigating agency CBI questions Lalu Prasad YAdav’s wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Radav in Patna in relation to the IRCTC hotel tender money laundering case.
2:30pm: Being targeted as I have unified opposition against Modi, says Lalu Prasad Yadav.
1:46 pm: Congress questioned the ruling BJP on its silence on the matter since the last three years. The party also said that the probe should be carried out in a just manner without political motives. “The investigation should be done in a fair manner and without political vendetta,” INC spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
1:25 pm: A laptop and an iPad, among electronic devices, have been retrieved by the CBI during raids conducted at 12 locations across five cities, including Patna and New Delhi. The investigative agency has also recovered some documents related to tenders on email, India Today reported.
1:09 pm: Me and my family members are being harassed repeatedly because of political vendetta. They (BJP) want us to yield before them, the RJD chief said in a press conference. “Political vendetta ke tehet mere aur mere parivaar par lagatar hamle ho rahe hain, ye chahte hain hum BJP ke saamne jhuk jayen,” Lalu Prasad Yadav said.
12:46 pm: “The raids were done to insult and humiliate me. The ruling party wants to strike down the opposition by sending CBI, IT departments (after them), by incarcerating anyone who speaks out against them” Lalu said, adding, “The CBI has not found any documents relating to the alleged irregularities.”
12:45 pm: “Will oust BJP and the Modi government even if I perish,” said Lalu
12:42 pm: Lalu speaks to media: “Before my time as Union minister, central government had taken this decision (to allow tenders). The tender file does not come to the minister. In 2006, some hotels, for some hotels who were in bad shape, IRCTC had put out open tenders for development, on lease for 15 years. It was not an absolute sale.”
12:24 pm: After the CBI’s complaint against Lalu, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) might file a complaint against the RJD chief in the money laundering case. Preliminary investigations recommend that the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, was violated during land and share transfer to Lara projects PVT Ltd, says India Today.
12:14 pm: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav broke silence over the CBI raids and said, “The raid is a witch hunt; There is no illegality. I have done nothing wrong.” The CBI is probing a case of money laundering against him. He was speaking to India Today.
11:49 am: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that the CBI investigation against Lalu Prasad Yadav is a legal procedure. He refuted allegations of political vendetta and said that the government has nothing to do with the investigation. “The law is taking its own course, the government or party (BJP) has no role in it,” he said.
11:43 am: The CBI conducted raids at senior RJD leader Prem Chand Gupta’s residence in New Delhi. He is one of the persons named in the investigative agency’s FIR for irregularities in the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) hotel tender case, in which tenders were allotted to a private company, Sujata Group.
11:20 am: RJD Bihar chief Dr PC Purvey called the CBI raids political vendetta. He said that the Grand Alliance will not be deterred. “This is a conspiracy and politics of revenge. The alliance in Bihar is strong and we are united,” he said.
11:05 am: Meanwhile, security has been beefed up at Lalu Prasad Yadav’s residence at 10, Circular road, Patna in view of the CBI’s FIR against members of the Yadav family in the IRCTC hotel tender case.
10:56 am: Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi demands CM Nitish Kumar speak up and Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav be fired. “Nitish Kumar should break his silence and sack Tejashwi Yadav as deputy CM,” he said.
11:10 am: In a statement, the CBI listed charges against the Yadav family. The raids, which began at 7:30 am Friday morning, were being carried out simultaneously in Delhi, Ranchi, Patna, Bhubaneswar, and Gurgaon, Rakesh Asthana, CBI, told the media. He added that the raids were still under progress.
10:39 am: Lalu Prasad Yadav left for court to appear in the fodder scam case, in Ranchi. He said he will speak on the CBI raids later in the evening. The RJD chief is one of the accused in a multi-crore fodder scam case, the proceedings for which are held at a special CBI court in Bihar. After Lalu’s implication in the case, he was barred from contesting any elections in the country for a period of six years.
10:31 am: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has called for a meeting of senior officials at Rajgir, Nalanda district, says ANI. It is not clear, however, whether the meeting is in connection with the CBI raids at residences of the Yadav family. Kumar and Yadav share a close relationship and are part of the grand alliance currently in power in Bihar.
10:16 am: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a case against Lalu Prasad Yadav, son Tejashwi Yadav, wife Rabri Devi, Sarla Gupta (RJD leader PC Gupta’s wife) and former IRCTC Managing Director PK Goyal as well as the Sujata Hotel Group.
9:41 am: Calling the raids a “dark day” for democracy, RJD leader Manoj Jha vowed to fight the matter on all levels. “Today is darkest day in Indian democracy, we will not be cowed down by this.Will fight legally and politically,” he said.
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9:27 am: BJP leader Giriraj Singh demands a statement from Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. “Law is taking its course, now Nitish ji cannot remain a mute spectator. He will have to speak out and state his stand clearly,” he said.