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

July 07 2017

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday registered a caseagainst former Railways minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife Rabri Deviand 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 residences 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 operationof BNR hotels at Ranchi and Puri. The BNR hotels are Railways’ heritagehotels 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.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.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.

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

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