In Pics: CBI raids Lalu Yadav and family’s properties over IRCTC tender charges
The CBI on Friday raided 12 premises associated with Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Yadav and his son Tejashwi, over corruption charges in awarding a tender for the maintenance of IRCTC hotels in Ranchi and Puri in 2006.india Updated: Jul 07, 2017 13:55 IST
The CBI on Friday swooped in on RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, raiding 12 locations associated with him across the country, including his Patna home, over alleged irregularities in awarding of tenders for hotel maintenance in 2006 when the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief was the railways minister.
The simultaneous raids in Bihar’s capital Patna, Delhi, Gurgaon in Haryana, Puri in Odisha, and Ranchi in Jharkhand began at around 7:30am.
The case has been registered against Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and their son Tejashwi, who is the deputy chief minister of Bihar, CBI sources said. The then Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation managing director PK Goyal and the wife of Prasad’s confidante Prem Chand Gupta, Sujata, are among the other accused. Gupta is a former union corporate affairs minister.
The RJD chief was not at his home when a CBI team reached his residence at 10, Circular Road in Patna. He is in Ranchi to appear in a CBI court in the fodder scandal that involves large-scale embezzlement of government funds.
The CBI is examining tenders awarded to private firms for operating railway hotels close to stations. Among the places raided are a few farm houses and two hotels, including Ranchi’s Chanakya BNR hotel.
The raid, said to be an operation conducted by the Delhi team of the investigating agency has CBI and police tight-lipped over the searches.