Lalu Prasad Yadav denies charges, says ‘not fair for CBI to raid houses of my children in my absence’

"I do not fear the BJP. I have done nothing wrong. I am open to any probe by the CBI," Lalu Prasad Yadav said.

Written by Prashant Pandey | Ranchi | Updated: July 7, 2017 7:09 pm
lalu prasad yadav, fodder scam, chara ghotala, indian express RJD chief Lalu Prasad (File Photo)

RJD supremo Lalu Yadav on Friday denied the charges in connection with the CBI raids across several hotels of the railway that were given to private parties during his tenure as Railway Minister in the UPA-I government. Dubbing the raids, which the CBI carried out this morning, as part of political vendetta’s by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president Amit Shah and the RSS, Yadav also said that it not fair on the part of the CBI to raid the houses of his children in his absence. He, however, claimed that he would not bow down to the BJP’s pressure tactics and would trounce them eventually, as he was getting like-minded parties together on one platform.

Holding a press conference at the State Guest House in Morabadi here, after appearing in a special CBI court in connection with a fodder scam case, Yadav said: “When I came to know about the raids this morning, I told my children (Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and health minister Tej Pratap Yadav) and wife that they should welcome the CBI officials and allow them to search whatever they were looking for.”

Yadav added that he even asked them to ensure the security of the CBI team. “Otherwise, if somebody throws a stone at them, they will accuse Lalu of not cooperating with the CBI, he said.” Later, he added, “It was not fair on the part of the CBI to raid the houses of my children in my absence.” He, however, added: “CBI officials are not at fault. They are only following the orders of (Narendra) Modi and the central government.”

Reading out from hand-written notes, Lalu also presented the brief facts of the case, in which the CBI have registered FIR and carried out raids. “The IRCTC was founded in 1999; it became functional in 2002. In 2003, hotels owned by railways in Delhi, Puri, Ranchi and Howrah were handed over to IRCTC. I became railway minister on May 31, 2004. By then, the previous NDA government, led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had already taken a policy decision to hand-over these properties to private people,” said Yadav.

The former Railway minister further added: IRCTC is an autonomous body. Not a single file from it comes to the Railway Minister. I dare anybody to show that there was one file, one approval, which I gave as Railway minister. In 2006, some hotels were given to private parties through open tender to the highest bidder.”

Yadav blamed the BJP of trying to send him to jail or get him to surrender, as he can’t be won over by “allurement”. “They are trying to scare me, but I am not going to be affected,” he said.

To a query on whether his ally in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, was not supporting him enough, Yadav said the question had no meaning. Earlier in the day, Yadav appeared before a special CBI court in connection with alleged fraudulent withdrawal of money from treasuries of Doranda (in Ranchi) and Deoghar in connection with the fodder scam cases. Yadav said that he would now be going to Patna. “Main pata karoonga ki aakhir aisa kaun sa durlabh kaagaz hai jo CBI ko mil gaya (I will find out which precious paper the CBI has found in the raids),” he said.

Yadav also questioned as to how secretly and quickly the CBI registered the FIR and also got search warrants within no time. “Even the media could not get a wind of it,” he said.

 

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. R
    r r
    Jul 8, 2017 at 8:43 am
    Lalu is secular person , so a true congressman I feel we should not arrest him . Last time our government had done the same thing
    Reply
    1. M
      Mano
      Jul 8, 2017 at 8:14 am
      LOL! Lalua's both sons are cabinet ministers in the state Govt. In fact one of them is the deputy CM and Lalua calls them his children, instead of treating them as ministers. Sushil Modi to tumhari vaat lagaa dega Lalua. Sambhal jaa!
      Reply
      1. K
        Kushal Kumar
        Jul 8, 2017 at 7:09 am
        his 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".
        Reply
        1. V
          Vnk
          Jul 8, 2017 at 4:36 am
          Sushil Modi has given documents in support of 15-20 charges levelled by him against Laloo and sons, daughters and wife during last 45 days. If the charges are wrong then Laloo and chaps should say that they don't have any such land etc and if that land is there let the govt take it over. Corruption can not be a matter of right for politicians or anybody
          Reply
          1. S
            Shameless Lalu
            Jul 8, 2017 at 2:53 am
            Its funnythat he says he is not afraid of CBI Probe. If he is not afraid of CBI Probe then why is he crying Vendetta? He should just let the CBI complete its investigation. In fact if he has nothing to hide, why not publish everything on the internet? Then let us see if the CBI can do anything to the righteous. Does he really think that people will believe him after chara ghotala? India is not Bihar to get distracted by lies. India other than Bihar has educated people who can make their individual decisions. Shameless creature.
            Reply
            1. D
              David
              Jul 8, 2017 at 1:48 am
              This Political Vendetta and Witch Hunt must end to prop up BJP and RSS by misusing CBI, IT and EB. On One hand BJP using these agencies to Free Terrorists in Melgoan and Ajmer and BJP/RSS leaders roaming freely after Vyapam Scam and 50 Cold blooded Murders of whistle blowers. Mob Lynchers Yet to be arrested in many Lynchings. BJP leaders involved in Huge Corruptions Scams, Communal Riots, Lalit Gate, Murders, Rape are not arrested by CBI and Police.
              Reply
              1. J
                Joseph Mumbai
                Jul 8, 2017 at 2:21 am
                Mr. Davidullah, what about Muslim terrorism inside India and world wide. Some Hindus are only protecting their land. Most are falls charges. Look at the magnitude of Muslim terror and backwardness in India and all around the world. Islam --- is not perfect, stop kidding yourself. Islam needs reformation and course correction. Till then Muslims are doomed for failure.
                Reply
                1. S
                  Shameless Lalu
                  Jul 8, 2017 at 2:55 am
                  Lol do you think the same tactic will work after 70 years when there is no upliftment in the society?? Foolish slave
                  Reply
                2. G
                  gk
                  Jul 8, 2017 at 12:52 am
                  ALL Indians are not in 20th century mindset,they can judge better.Mr Lalu should not forget chara ghotala.Why worry if he is not wrong,it is easy for him to prove it.
                  Reply
                  1. T
                    Tribhuvan
                    Jul 8, 2017 at 12:12 am
                    "Don't raid my children's home in my absence"????? Your children are grown up adults Mr. Lalloo. You have taught them "HOW TO DO A SCAM" very well.
                    Reply
                    1. G
                      gk
                      Jul 8, 2017 at 12:54 am
                      Politicians have a misconception,once elected they feel they are old era kings.It is democratic India.
                      Reply
                    2. Load More Comments